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Departmental Buildings

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 15 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent on (a) maintaining, (b) decorating and (c) otherwise improving departmental buildings in the last five years; how much has been spent on wallpaper since 2001; and what plans there are for further spending on departmental decorations. (248092)

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

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has a large estate in the UK and overseas comprising many kinds of buildings. While the majority of the maintenance responsibility is now carried out by Defence Estates, this has not always been the case. Much of the maintenance is still carried out by others, including private finance initiative arrangements where maintenance elements are not readily identifiable.

There are no plans to carry out major programmes of decoration unless essential except where these are already part of contractors’ obligations.