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Departmental Housing

Volume 506: debated on Tuesday 2 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department received from (a) renting and (b) leasing its housing stock in Scotland to private companies or individuals in each of the last five years. (319354)

Service family accommodation (SFA) is provided to accommodate entitled service personnel and their families. However, where there is no short-to-medium term requirement for SFA, but a long-term requirement remains, the Department will do all it can to make properties available to the wider community.

While information for the last five years could be provided only at disproportionate cost, there are at present 15 SFA properties leased to Moray council for use as social housing at an annual rent of £3,600 per property. This arrangement began in 2009.

In addition, Tri-Service Accommodation Regulations allow for the occupancy of available SFA by eligible civilian occupants. There are currently six eligible civilian occupants of SFA in Scotland. Civilian occupancy charges are set in accordance with local market rates and at present this totals £2,755.34 per month.