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10 Downing Street: Repairs and Maintenance

Volume 489: debated on Tuesday 10 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 3 February 2009, Official Report, column 978W, on 10 Downing Street: repairs and maintenance, if he will place in the Library (a) a copy of the non-intervention letter sent by English Heritage and (b) a copy of the plans that were sent to and are held by English Heritage, redacting elements which could compromise security arrangements. (258585)

I am arranging for copies of English Heritage’s non-intervention letter of 7 February to Westminster city council, with regard to repairs and maintenance to 10 Downing street, to be placed in the House Libraries.

However, I am informed by officials at 10 Downing street that for security reasons, it is their policy not to release any information about the floor plans or the layout of the Downing street complex.