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Departmental Buildings

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many smart meters are in use in his Department's main building; and (a) when and (b) at what cost such meters were installed. (303924)

At the present time no smart meters are in use in the Department for Children, Schools Families main building. However, funding has been secured from the Department for Energy and Climate Change for the installation of sub-metering which will enable us to identify where the most electricity is being consumed so that it can be targeted in the future.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department spent on works and refurbishment to offices allocated to Ministers in his Department's buildings in the last 12 months. (305690)

Expenditure in respect of works and refurbishments to Ministers' offices in the last year was £19,876.00. This follows the appointment of an additional Minister to the Department in June 2009, which required a new office to be created.