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Armed Forces: Housing

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many voids there were in the married quarters estate in each month since 1997. (276801)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many married quarters of each standard of condition in the married quarters estate there were in each year since 1997. (276802)

Although figures for 1997 and 1998 are not available, those UK Service Family Accommodation (SFA) properties assessed for their Standard for Condition (SfC) were at the following standard in each year since 1999:

S1fC

S2fC

S3fC

S4fC

Total

1999

3,412

20,194

30,174

2,242

56,022

2000

12,750

28,352

15,667

605

57,374

2001

15,623

31,936

7,061

1,078

55,698

2002

20,699

26,007

4,877

349

51,932

2003

23,827

23,772

3,481

203

51,283

2004

25,276

22,215

3,083

146

50,720

2005

26,426

20,774

2,792

195

50,187

2006

28,796

18,950

2,309

159

50,214

2007

29,691

17,910

2,165

145

49,911

2008

28,354

17,414

2,098

109

47,975

Like for like figures are not available for the overseas SFA estate.

For the latest number of SFA in England and Wales at each SfC I refer the hon. Member to my written ministerial statement of 17 March 2009, Official Report, columns 43-44WS. As at March 2009, SFA in Scotland was at the following SFC:

SfC

Properties

S1fC

3,120

S2fC

102

S3fC

5

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the new spend on (a) each married quarters estate and (b) married quarters in total (i) was in 2008-09 and (ii) is projected to be in each of the next five years. (276803)

In 2008-09 the Ministry of Defence spent some £48 million on new projects and upgrades relating to its worldwide holdings of Service Family Accommodation (SFA). Of this expenditure around £40 million was in respect of SFA in the UK, £7 million in Cyprus and £1 million in Germany.

A breakdown of the major elements of expenditure on the UK SFA, by location is shown in the following table.

Location

£ million

Abingdon

0.8

Aldershot

1.1

Brize Norton

1.0

Blandford

5.9

Bulford

0.4

Catterick

0.2

Chester

6.0

Chicksands

2.0

Colchester

0.7

Coningsby

0.7

Cranwell

0.2

Craigiehall

0.5

Elgin

0.4

Giffnock/Hampden

0.2

High Wycombe

1.5

Leeming

1.6

Leuchars

0.4

Lisburn, Northern Ireland

4.1

Innsworth

2.0

Invicta Park

3.5

Peninsular Towers, London

0.4

Warminster

0.8

Williams Gardens, Putney

3.0

Total

37.4

The Department was planning to spend £48 million in each year of the next five years on the upgrade of SFA to its highest standard for condition. However as the hon. Member will know from the Budget statement on 22 April 2009, this Department is bringing forward £50 million to be spent on accommodation.

The details of this expenditure have yet to be determined. I will write to the hon. Member when a decision has been taken.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many surplus married quarters he expects to have been ceded to Annington Homes without compensation to the Exchequer by the end of 2009-10. (276804)

The decision was made in early 1996 to sell some 57,428 Service Family Accommodation (SFA) to Annington Homes Ltd. (AHL), of which some 55,055 were immediately leased back in order to provide accommodation for entitled service personnel and their families.

When it is identified that there is no future requirement for properties, the leases are terminated and the properties returned to AHL. Since 1996 the MOD has handed back some 16,751 SFA.

As the properties are not owned by the MOD, compensation is not payable when leases are terminated. The onward sale or disposal of properties is a matter for the company. However, the 1996 Sale Agreement included a profit-share whereby the Exchequer receives a percentage of any profit made on the subsequent disposal of properties and land that form a part of any release to the company. To date the Exchequer has received approximately £156 million under the terms of this agreement.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many emergency maintenance requests were made for properties occupied by service personnel and their families in each month since October 2007; and what the average time was for requested maintenance to take place. (277258)

The requested information is not held centrally and will take a little time to collate and verify. I will write to the hon. Member.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many mortgage interest payments were made by his Department to service personnel with second homes required for their work in each of the last 10 years; how much was paid for such purposes in each of those years; and if he will make a statement. (277708)

None. There is no mechanism for service personnel to receive mortgage interest payments for any type of property they may have a financial interest in.