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Departmental Buildings

Volume 506: debated on Thursday 4 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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. (310532)

Within Defence, the civil office estate is defined as that which is capable of being shared with other Government Departments. Information in respect of these offices will take some time to collect and verify. I will write to the hon. Member as soon as possible.

Other office space outside this definition includes facilities within armed forces establishments and buildings. This information is not recorded and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Substantive answer from Kevan Jones to Sarah Teather:

In my answer of 14 January (Official Report, column 1103W) I undertook to write to you with details of the area and estimated value of vacant and occupied office space owned and rented by this Department.

Within the defence estate, the civil office estate is broadly defined as that which is capable of being shared with other Government Departments. On this basis the details are as follows:

Owned

Square metre space

Equivalent rental value (£ million)

Occupied

345,000

21.4

Vacant

1,800

0.2

Rented

Square metre space

Total rental value (£ million)

Occupied

80,307

14.6

Vacant

2,294

0.89

Office space outside this definition includes facilities within Armed Forces establishments and space used as offices (perhaps temporarily) within buildings of a different type such as hangars on barracks.