§ Lord Vivian
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What action is being taken to bring forward the completion time of the rebuild and refurbishment of services family accommodation and single living accommodation. [HL3185]
§ Lord Bach
The current target date to complete the upgrade programme of all core service family accommodation is November 2005. There are no plans to bring this date forward.
Single living accommodation is being upgraded in a £1 billion programme launched by the Secretary of State for Defence in March 2001. The principal element is Project SLAM, which will upgrade some 30,000 bed spaces within five years of the appointment of a single prime contractor. Separate arrangements are in place for the Northern Ireland and overseas estate. The tenders for the SLAM prime contract were issued to four bidders on 30 November; bids are due for return on 7 March.