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Departmental Buildings

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much has been spent on (a) maintaining, (b) decorating and (c) otherwise improving departmental buildings in each year since the Department's inception; how much has been spent on wallpaper in that time; and what plans there are for further spending on departmental decoration. (248801)

The following figures relate to spend on the BERR HQ estate since its inception on 28 June 2007 and is broken down into the categories required:

(a) £2,100,000;

(b) £36,460;

(c) £6,871,000.

BERR does not use wallpaper on its estate. Further spending on departmental decoration is dependent on its lease obligations.

Office refurbishment costs have been included under (c). These projects will have included an element of redecoration and to split these costs out would involve disproportionate cost. Also included in (c) are the costs associated with a large number of projects, e.g. improvements to the heating and ventilation system in BERR's HQ building at 1 Victoria Street (including the conference centre and works to the lifts across the estate to bring them up to DDA (Disability Discrimination Act) compliance.