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Departmental Buildings

Volume 502: debated on Monday 7 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many residential properties his Department owns; and how many (a) are occupied and (b) have been empty for more than six months. (303999)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office owns 1,391 residential properties throughout our overseas network. This includes the official residences of our heads of post and other staff accommodation. We do not own any residential properties in the UK.

Monitoring the occupancy of our residential properties is not done centrally, as the day-to-day management of the estate is carried out by our overseas missions.