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Departmental Buildings

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many residential properties his Department owns; and how many (a) are occupied and (b) have been empty for more than six months. (303995)

[holding answer 3 December 2009]: Much of the stock of service family accommodation (SFA) in England and Wales is owned by Annington Homes Ltd. and leased by the Department. Of the 49,828 SFA properties in the UK, 7,872 were void as at 1 December 2009 of which 3,345 have been void for more than six months.

The Department accepts that the number of voids is too high and is taking active steps to reduce this, although a management margin for refurbishment and to allow unit moves will always be required.

We do not hold central records for non-SFA residential properties owned by the Department.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on works and refurbishment to offices allocated to Ministers in his Department's buildings in the last 12 months. (305685)

Due to an increased number of Ministers, my Department has incurred costs of £139,000 excluding VAT, on office works and refurbishments in the last 12 months.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the energy efficiency rating is for each of his Department's buildings in London. (306322)

I have placed in the Library of the House a list of the operational energy ratings and energy bands for buildings' occupied by my Department and its agencies, including those in London for which a display energy certificate has been produced.