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Departmental Buildings

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development 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. (310525)

The Department for International Development has two office buildings in the UK. Our office at 1 Palace Street, London is a leasehold, with a net internal area of 16,405 square metres. Our office at Abercrombie House, East Kilbride is freehold with a net internal area of 10,680 square metres.

Both buildings are fully occupied, although in the case of 1 Palace Street the building is shared with Visit Britain and Visit England, agencies of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

The estimated market annual rental value assuming an underletting to another Government Department is as follows:

1 Palace Street: £9.6 million

Abercrombie House: £1.9 million.