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Departmental Property

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) one, (b) two and (c) three or more bedroom properties are owned by or managed for his Department in inner London boroughs; and what his most recent estimate is of the average annual net cost of managing properties in each category. (287190)

For accommodating single Service personnel, this Department owns some 1,586 Single Living Accommodation (SLA) units in the inner London boroughs.

For accommodating entitled Service families in the same area, the Department currently holds the following number of Service Family Accommodation (SFA) properties, the majority of which are leased from Annington Homes Ltd:

Property Type

Number of Bedrooms

Number of Properties

Officers

1

4/5

6

II

4/5

3

III

4

1

IV

4

86

V

3

46

Other Ranks

D

4

103

C

3

252

B

2

285

A

1

6

No separate estimate is made of the costs of living accommodation broken down by location and type.

In, cases where SFA or SLA is required but not available, substitute accommodation might be sourced from the commercial rental markets. The Department currently rents 1,245 Substitute Single Service Accommodation and 41 Substitute SFA properties in the inner London boroughs at an approximate monthly cost of £1.47 million.