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Armed Forces: Housing

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of provision of (a) service family accommodation and (b) service single living accommodation for armed forces personnel in Scotland; and if he will make a statement; (274595)

(2) how many and what percentage of (a) service family accommodation and (b) service single living accommodation properties in (a) the UK and (b) Scotland there were in each grade in each of the last five years.

UK service family accommodation was at the following standard for condition (SfC) in each of the last five years.

April 2004April 2005April 2006April 2007July 2008

Properties

Percentage

Properties

Percentage

Properties

Percentage

Properties

Percentage

Properties

Percentage

S1fC

25,276

50

26,426

53

28,796

57

29,691

59

28,354

59

S2fC

22,215

44

20,774

41

18,950

38

17,910

36

17,414

36

S3fC

3,083

6

2,792

6

2,309

5

2,165

5

2,098

4

S4fC

146

[le]1

195

[le]1

159

[le]1

145

[le]1

109

1

Total

50,720

50,187

50,214

49,911

47,975

Figures for Scotland across the last five years are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, as at March 2009, SFA in Scotland was at the following SfC:

Properties

Percentage

S1fC

3,120

97

S2fC

102

3

S3fC

5

[le]1

In the past two years, single living accommodation, in the UK and Scotland was at the following grade, which is an assessment of the physical condition and scale of the accommodation, but excludes environmental and locational factors.

July 2007March 2008

UK

Scotland

UK

Scotland

Bed-spaces

Percentage

Bed-spaces

Percentage

Bed-spaces

Percentage

Bed-spaces

Percentage

Grade 1

35,388

26

2,553

32

34320

25

2,580

33

Grade 2

17,398

13

1,576

20

19,180

14

1,560

20

Grade 3

23,346

17

1,691

21

21,460

16

1,680

21

Grade 4

62,212

44

2,128

27

62,460

45

2,010

26

Total

138,344

7,948

137,420

7,830

Further information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Due to a legacy of decades of underinvestment, in Scotland and elsewhere, not all service accommodation is of the high standard that service personnel and their families deserve. We are addressing this and in addition to the significant investment in recent years, we plan to spend over £3 billion in the next decade to improve and upgrade accommodation worldwide.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent on upgrading accommodation for serving personnel and their families in (a) the UK and (b) Scotland since 2000. (274599)

I will write to the right hon. and learned Member with the information requested because it is not held centrally and will take more time to collate and verify.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) single living accommodation and (b) service family accommodation properties in Scotland have been declared unfit for habitation. (274600)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) single living accommodation and (b) service family accommodation properties in the UK have been declared unfit for habitation. (274777)

While all occupied properties are considered to be of a habitable standard, properties can be uninhabitable for various reasons, such as awaiting demolition or undergoing major repair, modernisation or upgrade work.

The situation changes frequently and therefore detailed numbers are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.