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Departmental Buildings

Volume 488: debated on Friday 27 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of the (a) display energy certificates and (b) advisory reports for public buildings issued in respect of each property occupied by (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies. (256048)

I will place in the Library a copy of the display energy certificates and their associated advisory reports in respect of each qualifying property occupied by the Foreign and Commonwealth office and its agencies.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 12 January 2009, Official Report, column 371W, on departmental buildings; at what rate council tax is being paid in respect of the residential apartments in the composite hereditament of 1 Carlton Gardens. (257456)

Council tax is currently being paid at the City of Westminster's company property rate of 90 per cent., the rate chargeable for an empty furnished property. The charge for the financial year 2008-09 is £1,237.72.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 12 January 2009, Official Report, column 371W, on departmental buildings, whether his Department is seeking to (a) extend the lease or (b) terminate the lease in its negotiations with the Crown Estate. (257457)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is conducting negotiations with a view to extending the lease.