James Sunderland raises concerns at military accommodation maintenance delays

James Sunderland raises concerns at substandard military accommodation at Sandhurst, highlights failings in the Pinnacle Service Families contract over Christmas last year and calls on the Government to use the summer period to plan ahead with the contractors to make sure the problems to not reoccur.

James Sunderland (Bracknell) (Con)

The Minister will know that I have constituents in substandard military accommodation at Sandhurst. When they asked for help under the Pinnacle Service Families contract over Christmas, it did not turn up. Will he use the relative lull of the summer months to plan ahead with the contractors to make sure we do not have another problem at Christmas?

The Secretary of State for Defence (Mr Ben Wallace)

I have already met the contractors and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, and the good news is that maintenance issues that were around at Christmas have been cut by 75%. That is continuing in the right direction, but my hon. Friend is right: the key is to plan ahead for next winter. That is what we are getting on with at the moment. I am determined to hold these contractors to account.