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Departmental Buildings

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on works and refurbishment to offices allocated to Ministers in his Department’s buildings in the last 12 months. (305695)

There was no refurbishment, improvement or emergency repair works undertaken to Ministers’ offices in the Ministry of Justice within the timeframe of the question.

There has been some normal maintenance work to heating, cooling and lighting systems in Ministers’ offices. The costs for these visits are part of an overall building maintenance agreement and, while it is not possible to separate them out with accuracy, these costs are estimated to be less than £2,000.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) area and (b) estimated value is of (i) vacant and (ii) occupied office space (A) owned and (B) rented by his Department. (310524)

The departmental estate of the Ministry of Justice currently has:

(a) Office space of 68,240 square metres (net internal area), all of which is rented and none of which is vacant.

(b) Annual rental cost of £25,588,986.

The Department also occupies 641square metres in Gwydyr House, Whitehall, London. This site is owned by the Crown Estate and the Department does not pay rent for this office accommodation.

The Ministry of Justice's Estates Transformation Programme is currently working to reduce the number of MOJ buildings in central London.