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Armed Forces: Housing

Volume 504: debated on Friday 29 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many families have been evicted from service family accommodation in each of the last 12 months. (314196)

Service Family Accommodation (SFA) is provided to accommodate entitled Service personnel and their families. When occupants cease to be entitled to SFA and do not vacate, the Department is required to take steps to recover possession of the property. In the first instance Defence Estates (DE) will write to the occupant advising that they are required to vacate the property within 93 days. DE will be as flexible as possible and will extend this so as to accommodate children's schooling and holidays or to allow occupants the maximum possible time to secure alternative accommodation arrangements.

The number of eviction orders applied for against occupants of SFA in 2009 is shown in the following table:

Month

Number of eviction orders

January

5

February

16

March

6

April

1

May

4

June

8

July

2

August

6

September

14

October

4

November

3

December

19

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many houses owned by his Department were rated as grade (a) 1, (b) 2, (c) 3 and (d) 4 in each of the last five years. (314197)

The majority of the 70,000 Service Family Accommodation (SFA) properties worldwide are leased rather than owned by the Department. SFA is graded for charge and by Standard for Condition (SfC), a detailed measure of the physical condition of a property.

For the latest number of UK properties at each SfC (as at December 2009) I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 26 January 2010, Official Report, column 794W to the hon. Member for Woodspring (Dr Fox).

The following number of UK SFA properties were at each SfC in each of the last five years:

S1fC

S2fC

S3fC

S4fC

2004

25,276

22,215

3,083

146

2005

26,426

20,774

2,792

195

2006

28,796

18,950

2,309

159

2007

29,691

17,910

2,165

145

2008

28,354

17,414

2,098

109

Like for like figures are not available for overseas SFA. However, as at October 2009 overseas properties were at the following SfC:

SfC

Number of SFA Properties

S1fC

4,390

S2fC

3,930

S3fC

4,152

S4fC

2,848

Not yet assessed

99

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2010, Official Report, column 203W, on armed forces: housing, how many requests for repair call outs were made in respect of family housing. (314204)