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Directly Operated Railways and East Coast Main Line Company

Volume 506: debated on Thursday 4 March 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) how much has been paid by (a) and (b) East Coast Trains for the use of office space in his Department since July 2009; (319598)

(2) for how long he expects to let office space in his Department to (a) Directly Operated Railways and (b) East Coast Trains.

[holding answer 1 March 2010]: From the 6 May, Directly Operated Railways will move from Department for Transport premises to offices in Kemble Street, London. In relation to the period up to this date, the value of use of office space in the Department for Transport was taken into account when Directly Operated Railways' grant was set on creation.

In relation to East Coast I refer the hon. Gentleman to my answer of 25 February 2010, Official Report, column 666W.