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Departmental Buildings

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 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. (248054)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has spent the following on maintaining, decorating and improving departmental buildings, at home and overseas, for the financial years 2004-05 to 2007-08.

£ million

Costs of maintaining and decorating departmental buildings

Cost of improving departmental buildings

2004-05

37.6

38.8

2005-06

43.3

43.0

2006-07

41.1

53.0

2007-08

45.2

76.4

The cost of wallpaper is not recorded separately and figures prior to 2004-05 cannot be provided without incurring disproportionate cost.

The FCO maintains a forward programme for the upkeep of its UK estate as do our overseas posts. For 2008-09, the FCO has budgeted £17.4 million for building maintenance. Information about planned future expenditure by our overseas posts is not kept centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.