To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what was the total cost of providing ministerial accommodation in Richmond Terrace; and what accommodation facilities are now available for each minister.
It is not practicable to identify the cost of providing ministerial accommodation within the total cost of the Richmond house project which I announced on 8 December. The allocation of ministerial accommodation within the building is for the occupying department, but the terrace restoration provides rooms suitable for Ministers and their support staff and for a number of senior officials.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many Ministers will have offices in the Richmond Terrace building, what is the estimated cost of fitting-out each ministerial office; what facilities additional to normal office facilities each such office contains; and if he will make a statement.
Six Ministers at the Department of Health and Social Security will have offices in Richmond house. It is not practical to identify separately the cost of providing their accommodation. In addition to the normal office accommodation and in accordance with normal practice, the Secretary of State's office, has been provided with adjoining toilet facilities.