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Ministerial Offices

Volume 450: debated on Monday 16 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 24 July 2006, Official Report, column 961W, on ministerial offices, what the cost was of each redecoration project; and what the total cost of redecoration was over the last five years. (91738)

Pursuant to the answer of 24 July 2006, Official Report, column 961, on ministerial offices, the cost of each redecoration to the office of the Secretary of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport was as follows: in 2002 the office was decorated at an estimated cost of £1,200 following water ingress caused by exterior stone cleaning; in 2005 the office was repainted at an estimated cost of £1,300 as part of a planned schedule of works; and in 2006 the office was decorated as part of a complete refurbishment of the DCMS main building at 2-4 Cockspur Street at an estimated cost of £18,164. This includes costs for replacing furniture damaged by faulty air conditioning.

Total cost of redecorating and refurbishment over the last five years equates to the sum total of the above figures, i.e. £20,664. All figures are exclusive of VAT.