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RAF Brize Norton

Defence written question – answered on 8th May 2008.

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Photo of Liam Fox Liam Fox Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of (a) single living accommodation and (b) service family accommodation are in each standard for condition grade at RAF Brize Norton.

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

All single living accommodation (SLA) in Great Britain is assessed by grade for charge (GfC), an assessment of the chargeable condition which takes into account physical condition along with other factors such as the size of the property and closeness to amenities. Service family accommodation (SFA) in Great Britain is assessed by standard for condition (SfC), an assessment of the physical condition of the property alone. In both standard and grade, one is the highest and four the lowest.

SLA at RAF Brize Norton is at the following GfC
Number of SLA bed-spaces As a percentage of the total stock
Grade 1 688 32
Grade 2 303 14
Grade 3 587 27
Grade 4 580 27
SFA is at the following SfC
Number of SFA properties As a percentage of the total stock
SlfC 308 26
S2fC 532 45
S3fC 334 29
S4fC 0 0

While the Department recognises that some accommodation at Brize Norton is not of the standard that service personnel and their families deserve we are taking steps to address this. We plan to invest over £38 million to deliver some 670 new en-suite bed-spaces by 2012 after which around 70 per cent. of the SLA at Brize Norton will be at Grade 1 or 2. There will be no occupied Grade 4 accommodation at Brize Norton after 2008-09.

Regarding SFA, we plan to demolish and rebuild to the highest standard some 600 of the poorest condition SFA properties.

From 2012, RAF Brize Norton will become the UK's single air port of embarkation for the deployment and recovery of forces and material committed to operations and training. Programme CATARA (the Centralisation of Air Transport and Air to Air Refuelling assets and Associated Units), is taking forward the development and reconfiguration of the station's infrastructure to ensure RAF Brize Norton's future contribution to the Defence output can be delivered effectively and efficiently. In connection with this project, we will provide an additional 200 SFA.

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