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Departmental Buildings

Volume 487: debated on Monday 9 February 2009

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what the location is of each office occupied by the Government Equalities Office which has been (a) newly occupied and (b) refurbished in the last 24 months; and what the floor area in square metres is of each. (251675)

The Government Equalities Office was established on 12 October 2007. It was based initially in Ashdown house, a Communities and Local Government building in Victoria street in London SW1. In February 2008, the GEO moved to Eland house, another CLG building, also in London SW1.

The GEO’s area in Ashdown house was not refurbished during GEO’s tenure and there are no plans to refurbish GEO’s area in Eland house.

The GEO’s floor area in Eland house is 372 sq m. No records exist of the floor area in Ashdown house but space there was less than it is now in Eland house.