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Property Services Agency

Volume 164: debated on Monday 8 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he has any conveniently available figures for the (a) value, and (b) size of Department of Employment property being removed by the Property Services Agency; and how much priority one Department of Employment property is not being renovated, owing to shortage of funds.

The Department of Employment occupies approximately 604,000 sq m of the civil estate, but figures are not conveniently available for the value of these occupations.Responsibility for maintenance of the civil estate, under the property repayment system (PRS) arrangements, is shared between PSA and Departments. On 24 May 1989, Sir Gordon Manzie, the chief executive of the PSA, informed the Environment Committee that, at current funding levels, it should be possible to clear the backlog of priority maintenance work on the civil estate as a whole by 1995–96. There is, however, no readily available information relating the backlog to individual Department occupations.