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Departmental Offices

Volume 456: debated on Thursday 1 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what area of office space her Department and its agencies used in central London in (a) 2004 and (b) 2006; and if she will make a statement. (112188)

The area of office space used by Communities and Local Government in central London in 2004 and 2006 is as follows:

Sq m

2004

2006

Floor space in buildings occupied in whole

Floor space in buildings occupied in part

Floor space in buildings occupied in whole

Floor space in buildings occupied in part

Freehold property

26 Whitehall

5,045

5,045

Total

5,045

5,045

Leasehold property

Eland House

22,650

22,650

Ashdown House

6,727

6,727

Portland House

2,163

Exchange Tower

710

710

Allington Towers

1,911

Sub total

25,523

6,727

23,360

8,638

Total

32,250

31,998

The Department’s occupation of 26 Whitehall ceased at the end of October 2006 apart from the Equalities Review Team, a body sponsored by Communities and Local Government, which remained in 26 Whitehall but the occupation is not expected to continue after the end of this financial year. Communities and Local Government is not being charged for the space occupied. In place of 26 Whitehall the Department took 1,981 sq m on two floors in Stockley House from the beginning of November. These are unoccupied but will be occupied temporarily in 2007 as decant space to enable the reorganisation of Eland House to full open plan standard. The move to open plan in Eland House is part of the Department’s plan to rationalise its central London buildings by March 2008.

These figures do not include Government Office for London which performs functions on behalf of 10 Government Departments. The only Agency in central London is the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre which has not been included in the answer as it does not function as an office.