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Armed Forces: Housing

Volume 506: debated on Thursday 4 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much his Department has paid for improvements and modernisation of residential dwellings in each year since Annington Homes acquired its former housing stock; (320261)

(2) how much his Department paid Annington Homes in (a) rent and (b) maintenance costs for residential dwellings in each year since the company acquired his Department's former properties.

While the Ministry of Defence (MOD) retains responsibility for the upgrade, improvement and maintenance of properties leased from Annington Homes Ltd. (AHL), the expenditure is not centrally recorded nor separately identifiable from that on other Service Family Accommodation (SFA) in England and Wales or Great Britain.

However, I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 11 January 2010, Official Report, column 401W, which gave details of the total maintenance and upgrade expenditure on SFA in Great Britain. We have been able to break this down further as follows:

Upgrading SFA in England and Wales

Expenditure (£ million)

2001-02

n/a

2002-03

n/a

2003-04

8.3

2004-05

6.0

2005-06

4.4

2006-07

11.4

2007-08

13.9

2008-09

27.4

Most SFA properties in England and Wales were sold to AHL by the previous Conservative Government in 1996, the majority of which were immediately leased back by the MOD to house entitled service personnel and their families. The annual rent paid to AHL in each year was:

Year commencing

Rent (£ million)

November 1996

72.3

June 1997

110.6

June 1998

108.6

June 1999

109.7

June 2000

115.7

June 2001

119.2

June 2002

127.6

June 2003

129.8

June 2004

131.9

June 2005

138.1

June 2006

143.5

June 2007

148.6

June 2008

150.3

June 2009 to December 2009

113.0

The Department does not pay any maintenance costs to AHL.