Armed Forces: Housing

Defence written question – answered on 27th June 2007.

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Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper Conservative, Forest of Dean

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel in the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force were living in substitute single service accommodation in each year since 1997.

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

Since 1997, the number of service personnel living in Substitute Single Service Accommodation (SSSA) in Great Britain is provided in the following table:

Financial year Army Navy RAF
2006-07 2,536 1,426 906
2005-06 2,120 1,332 865
2004-05 2,006 1,328 816
2003-04 1,841 1,393 687
2002-03 1,683 1,523 587
2001-02 1,606 1,442 455
2000-01 1,382 1,281 385
1999-2000 1,048 1,573 372
1998-99 933 1,508 310
1997-98 665 1,234 199
1996-97 26 100 7

In financial year 1996-97, this Department commenced a new contract with a specialist rented property locator, to provide SSSA across Great Britain. The number of personnel living in SSSA is low for this period, as the contract commenced near the end of the financial year.

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