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Departmental Buildings

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Minister for the Olympics pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend East of 6 October 2008, Official Report, columns 635W, on departmental buildings, what the cost of this refurbishment was. (233880)

The rooms in 26 Whitehall were redecorated as part of the redecoration programme covering the whole of the building (26 Whitehall). Further additional costs specifically relating to the relocation into the building by the Office of the Minister for the Olympics were incurred to a value of £8,485 plus VAT.

Since then, my office has moved to co-locate with officials from the Government Olympic Executive in 2-4 Cockspur street to enable more integrated and efficient work. Here a new office was constructed and furnished between July and September 2008, at a cost of £40,625 plus VAT. These costs cover both my own ministerial office and that occupied by my private office.