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Volume 468: debated on Thursday 29 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new commercial and public-sector developments measuring over 1,000 square metres were built in the UK in 2006. (167411)

The information is not available in the precise form requested. Information from the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) shows that there were around 1,140 retail properties, offices (including offices for public sector use), factories and warehouses built in England and Wales in 2005 that measured over 1,000 square metres. Certain public-sector properties such as schools and hospitals are not included in information provided by the VOA and are therefore excluded from the figure. The figure of 1,140 includes properties that were significantly extended in 2005 (where the floor space was more than doubled), as well as newly built properties. Information on properties built in 2006 will not be available until February 2008.

Information from the VOA covers England and Wales only. Information on developments in Scotland and Northern Ireland would need to be requested from the respective administrations.