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Departments: Property

Volume 461: debated on Monday 18 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much was raised from the sale of departmental property in each of the last five years; (139314)

(2) what properties his Department (a) owned and (b) rented in each of the last five years;

(3) how much was received by his Department from the letting of its properties in each of the last five years;

(4) what the cost of leasing buildings and office space for (a) his Department and (b) its agencies was in each of the last five years.

Information on the ownership, rents, and disposals is not collected centrally and would require a review of individual historical records. This could be done only at disproportionate cost. Following the Machinery of Government changes of 9 May, the Home Office has reduced its estate so that it does not include properties relating to the National Offender Management Service including Prisons and Probation. In future years, a new central unit within the re-focused Home Office will collate and hold data on its property portfolio.