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Departmental Buildings

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 22 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development 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 decoration. (248057)

The total amounts spent on maintaining the Department for International Development's (DFID) two UK headquarters in the last five years are as set out in the following table.

These sums include all costs associated with planned preventative maintenance, and items such as spare parts, health and safety equipment, subcontracted maintenance contracts and costs associated with the internal reorganisation of the buildings.

Total (£)

2004-05

992,252

2005-06

1,031,561

2006-07

1,013,528

2007-08

920,701

2008-09

994,774

In addition to the above, we spent £4,980,789 in 2004-05 and £1,285,379 in 2005-06 on a major refurbishment project of our East Kilbride headquarters, which included major construction and refitting costs.

There are currently no specific plans for further redecoration other than general maintenance.