Armed Forces: Housing

Defence written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of Danny Alexander Danny Alexander Liberal Democrat, Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's policy is on disposing of homes which have become surplus to the needs of forces personnel; and if he will make a statement.

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

The majority of Service Family Accommodation (SFA) properties in England and Wales were sold to Annington Homes Ltd. (AHL) in 1996 and then leased to the Ministry of Defence (MOD). When they become surplus to defence requirements the properties are handed back to AHL for disposal.

Other surplus SFA in the UK is usually sold on the open market to achieve best value in accordance with Treasury guidelines, unless they are required by other public bodies (e.g. English Partnerships, Scottish Executive) or there are former owner (Crichel Down) considerations.

Where the opportunity exists for a bulk sale of SFA at market value, MOD will discuss the way forward with the local authority and registered social landlords.

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