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Public Buildings: Empty Property

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr. Hammond) of 15 September 2008, Official Report, column 2155W, on public buildings: empty property, what the (a) address, (b) occupying organisation and (c) floor area of each part of the Government civil estate that is currently occupied. (233417)

The civil estate is defined as:

“the workspace, offices and other property (land and buildings) used to deliver departments’ activities that is owned, leased, or occupied by a government body including non-ministerial departments, agencies, executive NDPBs and Special Health Authorities in Great Britain. It does not include the operational NHS Estate, the Prisons Operational Estate, the Foreign Office Overseas Estate, the Defra Rural Estate, the privatised rail entities, public corporations or the defence estate (except for certain civil elements).”

The information requested has been placed in the Libraries using the aforementioned definition and applies only to occupations of English Departments, agencies and non-departmental public bodies. It excludes information on all but the headquarters properties occupied by the security services.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of the hon. Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr. Hammond) of 15 September 2008, Official Report, columns 2155W, on public buildings: empty property, if he will publish the latest list of actual vacant space by (a) floor area, (b) occupying organisation and (c) location which was used to calculate the 1.43 per cent. figure. (233420)