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14 Tothill Street

Volume 507: debated on Monday 8 March 2010

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to the answer of 3 February 2010, Official Report, column 329W, on 14 Tothill Street, how much has been spent in total to date, including the House of Commons contribution and the House of Lords contribution to the Commission on (a) rent, (b) refurbishment, (c) business rates and (d) utilities in respect of the unoccupied premises at 14 Tothill Street. (319800)

The expenditure to the end January 2010 on the unoccupied premises has been:

£000

Account

Commons

Lords

Total

Rent

4,592

2,256

6,848

Refurbishment

1,598

2,293

3,891

These figures exclude costs incurred by the House of Lords since taking up occupancy on 1 September 2009. Business rates and utility costs, of £340,000 and £72,000 respectively, have also been incurred since the building became partially occupied. These are shared between the Commons (60 per cent.) and Lords (40 per cent.).