The Department has owned the following properties in each of the last five years (all of the properties were owned for the entire period 1 April 2002 to 31 March 2007 unless otherwise stated):
Within the UK:
Abercrombie House, East Kilbride, G75 SEA.
20 Epping road, Harare, Zimbabwe;
11 Hendrikz Way, Harare, Zimbabwe;
11 Brentford road, Harare, Zimbabwe;
seven residential properties in Lilongwe, Malawi, purchased November 2002;
one residential property in Lilongwe, Malawi, purchased March 2004;
TCO House, Honiara, Solomon Islands, sold January 2006.
The Department has rented the following properties in the UK in each of the last five years (all of the properties were rented for the entire period 1 April 2002 to 31 March 2007 unless otherwise stated):
Within the UK:
1 Palace street, London, SW1 5HE;
20 Victoria street, London, SW1H 0NF. The lease on 20 Victoria street was not renewed by DFID on its expiry on 25 December 2006;
Chatham Maritime, Kent, ME4 4TB;
43 Fairfield Place, East Kilbride, G74 5LP.
We cannot provide a list of overseas properties rented without incurring disproportionate costs.
Abercrombie House was most recently valued on 31 March 2006. Total valuation was £9,250,000, including land valued at £1,575,000.
Overseas properties were most recently valued at 31 March 2007. Three properties in Zimbabwe were valued at £252,000. Eight properties in Malawi were valued at £475,000.
The information requested is as follows.
(a) The cost of leasing buildings and office space for the Department, both in the UK and overseas, in each of the last five financial years was as follows:
£ 2006-07 19,947,000 2005-06 20,459,000 2004-05 21,031,000 2003-04 16,700,000 2002-03 17,857,000
(b) The Department did not have any agency bodies in the last five financial years.