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Armed Forces: Housing

Volume 505: debated on Wednesday 10 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on accommodation for members of the armed forces with a rank of Brigadier or equivalent and above in each of the last 12 months. (316391)

[holding answer 8 February 2010]: The information is not held in the format requested.

Members of the armed forces are entitled to live in publicly funded accommodation. Where this is not available, accommodation will be provided through either substitute service single accommodation or substitute service family accommodation. There is no requirement to separately account for the accommodation provided to all officers in the group requested.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on hotel accommodation for members of the armed forces with a rank of Brigadier or equivalent and above in each of the last 12 months. (316392)

[holding answer 8 February 2010]: The information is not held in the format requested.

Hotel accommodation is required when a member of the armed forces is on temporary duty away from their parent unit and there is no Service facility that can accommodate them locally.

The majority of the MOD's hotel bookings are made through the Defence Hotel Reservation Service. However, this is not exclusive, as hotel accommodation may be included in a residential training course or privately arranged at very short notice.

To determine how much has been spent by this specific group would require a manual search of a number of records which could be done only at disproportionate cost.