Committee of Public Accounts: Press Notice

A STATEMENT FROM EDWARD LEIGH MP

CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS

National Audit Office report: Managing the Defence Estate: Quality and Sustainability

The MoD is one of the biggest landowners in the UK and is making significant investments and improvements in the way it manages its estate. It is now in a better position to make improvements, but there is a lot to do. To start with the MoD doesn’t even have the full picture of the condition of its estate.

And its has a battle royal on its hands when it comes to improving the quality of accommodation for troops and their families. Forty per cent of family homes are inadequate.

The uncomfortable truth is that many of our service men and women will be stuck in sub-standard accommodation for the next 20 years.

I acknowledge work is being done to address the situation, but am left wondering if resources are being targeted in the right way: while roofs are left to leak, money has been found to build new sports pitches.

Praise is rightly bestowed on our armed forces for their achievements in very difficult circumstances. It is not right that, here is the UK, they should have to put up with shabby living and working quarters.

Notes for Editors

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