Armed Forces: Grace and Favour Housing

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 16th February 2015.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to the public purse was of running and maintaining each grace and favour residence provided by his Department to senior figures from the armed forces in each year since 2010.

Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

Holding answer received on 21 July 2014
An error has been identified in the written answer given on 07 August 2014.

The correct answer should have been:

Under previous arrangements, Official Service Residences (OSRs, colloquially known as ‘grace and favour’ residencies) were provided for senior officers in certain posts which required them to undertake official hospitality for Defence purposes. As announced by the then Minister for Personnel, Welfare and Veterans (Andrew Robathan) on 12 December 2011 (Official Report, column 63WS), these arrangements have been discontinued. Properties which were formerly categorised as OSRs are being phased out on a rolling basis as personnel retire or move on to other posts. However, senior officers remain entitled to Service Family Accommodation (Type 1 or Type 2). In addition, the Department is undertaking an ongoing review into domestic assistance policy to ensure that the level of support provided to senior entitled officers is appropriate and driven by a clear business need. Information is available for financial years 2009-10 and 2010-11 and is presented in the tables.

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Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

Holding answer received on 21 July 2014

Under previous arrangements, Official Service Residences (OSRs, colloquially known as ‘grace and favour’ residencies) were provided for senior officers in certain posts which required them to undertake official hospitality for Defence purposes. As announced by the then Minister for Personnel, Welfare and Veterans (Andrew Robathan) on 12 December 2011 (Official Report, column 63WS), these arrangements have been discontinued. Properties which were formerly categorised as OSRs are being phased out on a rolling basis as personnel retire or move on to other posts. However, senior officers remain entitled to Service Family Accommodation (Type 1 or Type 2). In addition, the Department is undertaking an ongoing review into domestic assistance policy to ensure that the level of support provided to senior entitled officers is appropriate and driven by a clear business need. Information is available for financial years 2009-10 and 2010-11 and is presented in the tables.

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Tartan Giant
Posted on 17 Feb 2015 9:53 am (Report this annotation)

Readers, including MP's, should note there are only 19 "Grace and Favour" type accommodations - MIL residents are NOT allowed to "switch properties" nor claim other rent whilst enjoying the housing arrangements gained through rank, but live and work honestly for the benefit of the MIL Services and Country.
Nor can they employ their wife's or other close relations and claim such costings back from the public purse. Beckett comes to mind and poor old Leo as "Manager".
When the taxpayer has to stump up £3.80 (just an example) for Ed Balls mileage "allowance" I wonder where Kevan Jones should be better employed looking at "costs".