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Departmental Buildings

Volume 478: debated on Thursday 26 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on (a) new capital investment and (b) refurbishment of property in each of the last 10 years, broken down by project. (212863)

The information is not held in the format requested and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

However, in Financial Year 2006-07 the Department spent over £600 million on property and other infrastructure capital investment (not including equivalent PFI expenditure). The diverse nature of the estate means that this investment could relate to projects ranging from new housing and accommodation blocks to resurfacing of runways and specialist military infrastructure.

Refurbishment of property is not readily distinguishable from other maintenance expenditure except to the extent that costs are capitalised and included within other capital investment.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how frequently his Department restates the asset values of its building estate. (213418)

In accordance with Financial Reporting Standard 15, the Department is required to undertake a professional ‘existing use’ valuation of its estate at least every five years. The Ministry of Defence fulfils this obligation with a five year rolling valuation programme where 25 per cent. of the estate is valued in the first four years and the fifth year is used to capture any residual assets. The last five year programme ended in financial year 2007-08.

Between formal valuation, asset values are revised annually using indices provided by the Defence Analytical Services Agency. Where assets are held for disposal they are valued at open market value and are subject to annual revaluation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) new builds and (b) major refurbishments were completed by his Department for a cost in excess of £0.5 million in (i) 2005-06, (ii) 2006-07 and (iii) 2007-08 to which the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method or equivalent was applied; how many such buildings were assessed as (A) pass, (B) good, (C) very good and (D) excellent; and if he will make a statement. (213695)

In March 2006 the Department introduced the Defence Related Environmental Assessment Methodology (DREAM), which the Office of Government Commerce recognises as equivalent to the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), for Ministry of Defence construction projects.

The value of each project completed to these standards is not separately identifiable and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The numbers of assessments completed to these standards for the years in which information is available is shown in the following tables. The smaller proportion of projects reaching the top standards in the first two years is due to the fact that project teams were still developing their understanding of environmental performance assessments and how best to meet these new requirements.

Assessment method

Total new builds assessed

Number new builds reaching excellent standard

Number new builds reaching very good standard

2005-06

BREEAM

49

3

6

2006-07

DREAM

18

9

3

2007-08

DREAM

9

9

0

Assessment method

Total refurbishments assessed

Number refurbishments reaching excellent standard

Number refurbishments reaching very good standard

2005-06

BREEAM

32

1

1

2006-07

DREAM

4

2

2

2007-08

DREAM

9

7

0