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Departmental Expenditure

Volume 84: debated on Monday 21 October 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how much his Department has spent on office furniture, curtains and carpets and office decorating in each of the last five years.

Information in the form requested is not available. Under the property repayment services arrangements introduced in 1983–84, decorations remain the responsibility of the Property Services Agency, which includes a levy for minor works, including decorations, in the accommodation charge to departments. Before 1983–84, supplies, which include furniture, furnishings, cleaning materials, removal costs and similar expenditure were provided by the Property Services Agency as a common service. Expenditure on supplies by the Department for its HQ, central offices and local offices since then was:

£ million
1983–847·349
1984–858·448
It is not possible to estimate separately the cost of office furniture, curtains and carpets and office decorating in these years.