Armed Forces: Housing

Defence written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Nick Harvey Nick Harvey Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many house fires have been reported due to faulty Modern Housing Solutions property.

Photo of Derek Twigg Derek Twigg Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (Veterans)

During the past 12 months there have been five fires in MHS managed properties, two of which were minor and attributed to employee carelessness rather than property defect. The remaining three serious fires resulted in severe property damage. One was caused deliberately by an intruder, another attributed to occupant carelessness, and a third was occasioned by a faulty electrical installation (not attributable to MHS but as a result of inherited defects from the previous maintenance regime).

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