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Departmental Property

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spent on maintaining its domestic properties in each of the last five years. (242290)

[holding answer 10 December 2008]: The Department has expended the following amounts on maintaining its residential dwellings in each of the last five years:

£

2004

18,104

2005

107,131

2006

24,378

2007

22,938

2008

26,997

The figure for 2005 includes the Department’s contractually agreed contribution to the Warwick Horticultural Research Institute’s (HRI) cost in backlog maintenance of its cottages at Wellesbourne, Warwickshire. Prior to the transfer to the new ownership in March 2004, the dwellings were held by DEFRA and were used to house staff working for the HRI.