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Departmental Buildings

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on building maintenance in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (274556)

The diverse defence estate includes office, technical and living accommodation. Building maintenance is covered by a number of contractual arrangements both in the UK and overseas, including a number of private finance initiatives (PFI). For these reasons, the cost of building maintenance as distinct from such things as the maintenance of runways and other elements of the estate, is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The MOD's annual accounts include property management costs, which are mostly maintenance but exclude those falling under PFI arrangements.

These figures are provided in the following table.

£ million

2003-04

1,393

2004-05

1,509

2005-06

1,367

2006-07

1,258

2007-08

1,523

The final figures for 2008-09 are currently being prepared and are subject to audit by the National Audit Office.