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Departments: Property

Volume 462: debated on Thursday 28 June 2007

To ask the Solicitor-General how much was raised from the sale of the Law Officers’ Departments departmental property in each of the last five years. (139309)

The Law Officers’ Departments’ only sales of departmental property in the period were both in 2005-06: the Treasury Solicitor’s Department sold Queen Anne’s Chambers in Central London for £33 million; and the Crown Prosecution Service sold Winchway House in Haverfordwest for £450,000.

To ask the Solicitor-General how much was received by the Law Officers’ Departments from the letting of its properties in each of the last five years. (139328)

Of the Law Officers’ Departments, only the Treasury Solicitor’s Department (TSol) and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) have owned properties during the period.

Their income from letting was as follows:

£

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

TSol

792,821

514,994

470,128

462,307

1343,357

CPS

4,469,496

4,334,181

2,482,060

3,099,057

3,412,320

Totals

5,262,317

4,849,175

2,952,188

3,561,364

3,755,677

1 Forecast

To ask the Solicitor-General what properties the Law Officers’ Departments has (a) owned and (b) rented in each of the last five years. (139348)

The Treasury Solicitor’s Department owned Queen Anne’s Chambers in London SW1 for the financial years spanning 2002 to 2006. It then sold it, as referred to in my reply to question 13909. They have rented 1 Kemble Street in London WC2 since 2005-06, to date. Riverside Chambers, Taunton, Somerset was leased by the Department in 1991 and is now let to various public sector tenants.

None of the other Law Officers’ Departments owns any properties. The Serious Fraud Office has rented Elm House, London WC1 throughout the period. The SFO rented fourth floor of Verulam Gardens, London WC1 from 2003-04 to 2006-07, and the fifth floor of the same building from 2004-05 to 2006-07. It rented the first and fifth floors of 200 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1 from 2005-06 to date.

The Attorney-General’s Office AGO rented 8-9 Buckingham Gate, London SW1 throughout the period, and began renting 20 Victoria Street, London SW1 towards the end of the financial year 2006-07, prior to their move its move there in May 2007.

Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate has rented numbers 26 and 28 Old Queen Street, London SW1 throughout this period.

The Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office, since its inception in April 2005, has occupied space under a Memorandum of Terms of Occupation agreed with HM Revenue and Customs in Ralli Quays, Salford, Greater Manchester and new Kings Beam House, London SE1.

The CPS breakdown is in the following table and a comprehensive list of the buildings has been placed in the Library.

Owned

Rented

2002-03

4

88

2003-04

4

91

2004-05

4

92

2005-06

4

89

2006-07

3

86

To ask the Solicitor-General what recent estimate has been made of the value of the Law Officers’ Departments’ property portfolio. (139367)

The net book value recorded in HM Procurator General and Treasury Solicitor’s departmental resource accounts for 2005-06 for freehold and leasehold land and property is nil. (This includes the Attorney General’s Office and HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate.)

Neither the Serious Fraud Office nor the Revenue and Customs Prosecution Office has made any estimate (as noted in my earlier reply to the hon. Member [139328], neither owns any properties).

The most recent estimate (financial year 2006-07) that has been made for the three freehold sites in the Crown Prosecution Service’s property portfolio is £6,110,823 after accumulated depreciation calculation.