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Government Offices (New Buildings)

Volume 65: debated on Tuesday 28 July 1914

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the amount that has been spent upon the construction and equipment of new Government offices since 1906?

The expenditure on new Government offices defrayed from Votes accounted for by the Office of Works, and from the Vote for Public Buildings, Ireland, in each year since 1906–7, is shown in the following tables. The term "new Government offices" includes new offices and extensions of existing offices, but does not include improvement of accommodation unless accompanied by the erection or extension of buildings. Further, the term "office" has been interpreted as synonymous with "building," i.e., a new Department, the staff of which has been housed in an old Government building, would not be included in the Return. The expenditure upon equipment of premises leased as offices is included in these cases where the rent of the premises is paid from one of the Votes mentioned above, but expenditure on the equipment of short leasehold premises used for Post Office purposes, where defrayed from the Post Office Vote, is not so included.

Expenditure on the following classes of buildings, though shown in the Annual Estimate presented to Parliament, is not included:—

Great Britain.—Royal Palaces, Osborne, Buildings in the Royal Parks, Houses of Parliament Buildings, Museums, Art Galleries and Scientific Buildings, Diplomatic and Consular Buildings, Factories (including the Royal Mint), Stores for Materials or for Distributing Purposes, Generating Stations, Recruiting Stations and Military Buildings, Historic Buildings and

Table I.
STATEMENT showing Expenditure defrayed by the Commissioners of H.M. Works, etc., on construction and equipment of new Government Offices, from 1st April, 1906 to 31st March, 1914 (exclusive of cost of acquisition of Sites, etc.).
Year.From Voted Funds.Expenditure under Special Acts.Grand Total.
Miscellaneous Legal Buildings.Revenue Buildings (including Post Office).Insurance. etc., Buildings.Public Buildings.Total.Public Buildings. Expenses.Land Registry New Buildings.Telephone Capital Account.
£££££££££
1906–78,926265,49224,767299,185219,2054,2787,939530,607
1907–817,197286,90229,029333,128152,06519839,989525,380
1908–925,101338,05348,566411,72082,76325,755520,238
1909–103,406324,80325,98230,667384,85829,87340,950455,681
1910–111,579279,81727,07261,231369,69933,84294,274497,815
1911–124,818207,346

*35,616

59,822307,60222,3793,320116,572449,873
1912–1314,396196,730162,62265,837439,58522,78117,00078,646558,012
1913–147,975190,91568,706111,605379,20172,66510,69781,738544,301
Total.83,3982,090,058319,998431,5242,924,978635,57335,493485,8634,081,907

* Includes expenditure amounting to £7,330 in respect of National Health Insurance Buildings, voted under "Public Buildings."

Table II.
STATEMENT showing Expenditure defrayed by the Commissioners of Public Works, Ireland, on the construction and equipment of new Government Offices, from 1st April, 1906 to 31st March, 1914 (exclusive of cost of acquisition of Sites, etc.).
Year.From Vote for Public Buildings, Ireland.Telephone Capital Account.Grand Total.
Miscellaneous Legal Buildings.Revenue Buildings including Post Office.Insurance, etc., Buildings.Other Public Buildings.Total.
£££££££
1906–77609,62010,88010,380
1907–84,79614,7081,86420,86820,868
1908–92,60813,8272,04818,48318,483
1909–105,55918,8431,81526,2171,61027,827
1910–1186826,72397228,56325828,821
1911–121,90824,0766,64232,62645333,079
1912–138,12412,9494,01411,98137,0681,54138,609
1913–146,21210,6891,05910,35128,3111,91530,226
Total30,835131,4355,07335,173202,5165,777208,293

Ancient Monuments, Sheriff Court Houses in Scotland.

Ireland.—Royal Hospital, Royal Hibernian Military School, Coast Guard Stations, Ordnance Survey Buildings, State and Official Residences, National Museum, Royal Irish Academy and Royal College of Science, Police Barracks, Model and National Schools, University Colleges, Dundrum Asylum, Parks and Piers and Harbours.

No expenditure has been included in respect of the acquisition of sites.