Armed Forces: Housing

Defence written question – answered on 21st February 2008.

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Photo of Sylvia Hermon Sylvia Hermon UUP, North Down

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent by his Department in each of the last six years on providing private rented accommodation for service personnel and their families.

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

In 1996, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) sold its service families accommodation (SFA) in England and Wales to Annington Homes Ltd. (AHL). Under the sale agreement the SFA is leased back to the MOD until the Department no longer has a use for it.

MOD is required to accommodate entitled personnel within 10 miles of their duty station (or 20 miles with the permission of their service commander). Where no suitable SFA can be found, substitute SFA (SSFA) is offered within the appropriate distance from a duty station.

The expenditure in the last six years is shown in the following table. Information in respect of 2001-02 SSFA is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

£ million
AHL rent UK SSFA Cyprus SSFA Gibraltar SSFA Germany SSFA
2001-02 117.9 n/a n/a n/a n/a
2002-03 124.7 8.9 0.6 n/a
2003-04 130.3 9.1 0.6 30.0
2004-05 130.9 11.0 0.6 30.0
2005-06 136.7 13.0 0.5 31.0
2006-07 141.8 15.0 0.4 0.1 31.0

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