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Departmental Buildings

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 20 January 2009

To ask the Minister for the Olympics how much has been spent on (a) maintaining, (b) decorating and (c) otherwise improving her Office’s buildings since its inception; how much has been spent on wallpaper since 2001; and what plans there are for further spending on departmental decoration. (248049)

My office in 26 Whitehall was 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 Minster 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 and special advisers.

No money has been spent on wallpaper in any of my offices since the inception of the Minister for the Olympics role.