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Armed forces: Housing

Volume 505: debated on Friday 5 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2010, Official Report, columns 792-4W, on armed forces: housing, to whom the 370 houses in Scotland sold by his Department to persons other than registered social landlords or local authorities were sold. (314919)

Of the 370 houses sold by the MOD in financial year 2008-09, other than to registered social landlords or local authorities, 321 houses in the Moray council area were sold through open competition in two separate transactions to Julian Hodge Bank Ltd., following informal discussions with the local authority and registered social landlords. The remaining 49 houses were sold individually on the open market, further details of which can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2010, Official Report, columns 517-18W, on armed forces: housing, for what reason Helensburgh was chosen for the small-scale representative assessment; whether his Department plans to undertake further assessments; and whether the Helensburgh assessment is assumed to be representative of the housing stock held by his Department in Scotland. (314920)

As stated in my earlier response of 25 January 2010, Official Report, columns 517-18W, the small scale representative survey at Helensburgh was carried out in order to assess proposed future investment priorities at that location. We have no plans to carry out any assessments for Energy Performance certificates on any further properties. No assumptions have been made as to the wider implications of the Helensburgh assessment.

As the hon. Member will already be aware, MOD uses the Code for Sustainable Homes for new build and the EcoHomes06 Sustainability Assessment model for major improvement works.