To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how much office space is presently unoccupied at London's county hall; and how much is occupied by the London residuary body.
Vacant office accommodation in county hall amounts to 196,400 sq ft. The LRB currently occupies 237,450 sq ft of office accommodation.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment for what reason board members and staff of the London residuary body occupy office space at St. Vincent house, Orange street London.
The LRB was established some seven months before the GLC was abolished. It was therefore necessary to acquire premises outside the GLC's property portfolio. Suitable available space was identified at St. Vincent house. The continuing location of the board and support staff is an administrative matter for the LRB.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the cost to his Department of maintaining the headquarters of the London residuary body at St. Vincent house, 30 Orange street, London WC2H 7HH; and how much of the available space there is occupied by the London residuary body.
There is no cost to my Department. The London residuary body occupies about 5,400 sq ft of office space in St. Vincent house.