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11 Downing Street

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 7 February 2007, Official Report, column 1009W, on 10 Downing street: repairs and maintenance, how much was spent on the refurbishment and maintenance of (a) the Downing street offices and (b) the 11 Downing street flat in each year since 1997-98. (124548)

The Downing street complex is maintained to standards appropriate to its Grade 1/2 listed status in consultation with English Heritage. In addition to providing office accommodation the building also fulfils an important representational role. For details of the total costs of refurbishment, maintenance and structural improvements between 2002-03 and 2004-5, I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer the Prime Minister gave the hon. Member for Bridgwater (Mr. Liddell-Grainger) on 16 March 2006, Official Report, column 2393W. The cost of refurbishment, maintenance and structural improvements for 2005-6 was £306,222. This expenditure was to maintain the fixed assets, plant and machinery, the fabric of the building, floors, walls and ceilings and the upkeep and repair of heritage assets, and to ensure a safe working environment for staff and visitors. For details of maintenance, decorating and otherwise improving 10 and 11 Downing street for before 2002-03, I refer the hon. Member to the answer the Prime Minister gave the hon. Member for Southend West (Mr. Amess) on 21 July 2005, Official Report, column 1937W.

For details of routine maintenance on the flat above 11 Downing street, I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer the Prime Minister gave the hon. Member on 19 December 2006, Official Report, column 1808W.

For details of expenditure on work to the flat above No. 11 Downing street in previous years, I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answers the Prime Minister gave to the hon. Member for Lewes (Norman Baker) on 10 March 2006, Official Report, columns 1836-37W, and 11 October 2004, Official Report, column 54W.