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Food Standards Agency

Volume 402: debated on Thursday 3 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the buildings (a) owned and (b) used by the Food Standards Agency, giving in each case (i) their location and (ii) their latest market value; and if he will make a statement. [105090]

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) and its executive agency The Meat Hygiene Service (MHS) do not own any buildings. The FSA's head office in Kingsway, London, has an annual rent of £4.2 million. Devolved offices are located in Aberdeen, Belfast and Cardiff with annual rentals of £160,000, £67,000 and £51,000 respectively.The MHS has its head office in York. The annual rent is £346,000. The MHS has regional offices in York (annual rent £48,000), Edinburgh (£7,000), Wolverhampton (£19,000), Cardiff (£18,000) and Taunton (£16,000).

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the total cost to public funds of the Food Standards Agency in each year from 1999–2000 to 2004–05 (planned). [105091]

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) was formed on 1 April 2000. The total costs to the public funds in the United Kingdom of the FSA, including the activities of the Meat Hygiene Service (MHS), which is an executive agency of the FSA and its offices in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in the years to 2004–05 are shown in the table.

£ million
Financial YearFSAMHSTotal
2000–01 (actual)80.03.783.7
2001–02 (actual)97.418.1115.5
2002–03 (planned)10225127
2003–04n/an/a138
2004–n/an/a147