Armed Forces: Housing

Defence written question – answered on 6th April 2010.

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Photo of Willie Rennie Willie Rennie Chair of Parliamentary Campaigns; Shadow Defence Minister

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service family accommodation properties in England and Wales were identified as awaiting disposal or demolition in each year since 2004; and how much rent was paid to Annington Homes for those properties in each of those years.

Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (Veterans)

It will take more time to collate and verify the information requested. I will write to the hon. Member.

Substantive answer from Kevan Jones to Willie Rennie:

In my answer of 12 March (Official Report, column 479W) I undertook to write to you with details of how many service family accommodation properties in England and Wales were identified for disposal or demolition in each year since 2004: and how much rent was paid to Annington Homes Ltd (Ltd) for those properties in each of those years.

The following number of properties were handed back to AHL in each year financial year since 2004-05. I also provide the following number of MOD owned properties that were disposed of, normally by open market sale, or demolished:

Financial year Number of properties handed back to AHL Number of MOD properties disposed of Number of properties demolished
2004-05 676 76 0
2005-06 307 24 0
2006-07 460 5 0
2007-08 260 45 0
2008-09 475 1 1

It has not been possible to determine from records held how much rent was paid to AHL for each property from the point it was identified as being surplus to the MOD's requirements to when it was actually handed back to the company.

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