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Health Centres: Christchurch

Volume 506: debated on Tuesday 2 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects his Department to complete the disposal of its interest in the former health centre at Saxon Square, Christchurch. (320073)

Following the decision of the local national health service trust not to utilise the property and the landlord's decision not to accept a surrender of the lease, agreement is being finalised with the landlord on the extent of repair works to be undertaken in compliance with a previously served repairs notice. Once agreement is reached, the works will be undertaken.

Consideration is also being given to potential alternative uses for the property before marketing but this requires the formal agreement of the landlord to vary the terms of the lease and discussions are in hand with the landlord.

The availability of the property has for some time been included on the Electronic Property Information Mapping Service (e-PIMS)—the central database of Government civil estate managed by the Office of Government Commerce.