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Admiralty House

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much has been spent on renovations, minor works and refurbishment on (a) the flat in Admiralty House occupied by the Deputy Prime Minister and (b) other parts of Admiralty House in each year since 1997-98; what proportion was spent on (i) carpets and (ii) wallpaper; and what plans there are for further works. (89789)

Admiralty House contains residential accommodation for Ministers and the occupying Departments are responsible for relevant costs associated with each of the residential flats.

Expenditure on maintenance works (which include renovations, minor works and refurbishment) which were carried out on the non residential areas of Admiralty House is shown in the following table.

Expenditure

2002-03

2,295

2003-04

29,969

2004-05

158,235

2005-06

225,131

The increase in expenditure in 2004-05 was due to essential redecoration which is part of an ongoing programme of works required to maintain the fabric of a Grade 1 listed building.

The increase in expenditure in 2005-06 was partly due to the fitting of disabled toilets on the ground floor and the redecoration of the basement areas. These toilets were built in order to comply with accessibility requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. Also included in this figure is the cost of redecoration works to the basement of the building and essential works to remove asbestos from the site. These measures are also part of an on-going programme of works.

Accurate figures for maintenance works prior to April 2002 are not available.