Defence: Buildings

Ministry of Defence written question – answered at on 25 October 2023.

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Photo of Martin Docherty Martin Docherty Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the extent of the use of Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete within Defence Estate buildings.

Photo of Martin Docherty Martin Docherty Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has surveyed the Defence Estate buildings at (a) HM Naval Base Clyde and (b) Royal Naval Armaments Depot Coulport to ascertain whether they have been constructed (a) in part or (b) wholly from Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete.

Photo of Martin Docherty Martin Docherty Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has surveyed the Defence Estate buildings to ascertain if they have been constructed (a) in part or (b) wholly by Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete.

Photo of James Cartlidge James Cartlidge The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

For now, the focus is on bringing together the information we hold about the Government estate into one place. This work is being coordinated by the Office for Government Property.

Surveys are currently being conducted to identify buildings which may have been constructed with RAAC on Ministry of Defence (MOD) land.

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation Infrastructure Management System has been used to determine what Ministry of Defence (MOD) buildings might potentially contain Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) material, based on the period in which they were constructed and their construction type. HMNB Clyde including Coulport has been included within the assessments to ascertain if they have been constructed with RAAC.

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