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Departmental Buildings

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on building maintenance in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (274559)

The Department and its Executive agencies, the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency and Medical and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has spent the following sums on building maintenance:

£

2004-05

711,692

2005-06

915,980

2006-07

830,564

2007-08

1,001,019

2008-09

1,034,094

The costs include maintenance costs that the Department undertake on behalf of MHRA and who are billed for this work. However, MHRA are in buildings where the landlord undertakes some of the maintenance and building improvement work and charge MHRA on a pro rata basis with other tenants in the buildings. MHRA are unable to break the figures down between maintenance and improving departmental buildings.