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Departmental Buildings

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent on works and refurbishment to offices allocated to Ministers in his Department’s buildings in the last 12 months. (252378)

The Department has an estates private finance initiative (PFI) contract with Trillium for the provision of fully fitted and serviced accommodation and for which the Department pays an all inclusive unitary charge. This unitary charge includes a risk price element for all aspects of building maintenance, repair, routine decoration and refurbishment, known as Life Cycle Works. These separate elements cannot be disaggregated from the unitary charge.

Some works and refurbishments are not covered by the unitary charge and are funded separately as capital expenditure. The capital expenditure on works and refurbishment of offices allocated to Ministers in departmental buildings in the last 12 months was £4,524.