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Departmental Buildings

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department spent on office refurbishments in each of the last 10 years. (320506)

Under the terms of its building leases the Office is required to maintain the buildings to an acceptable standard of decoration and repair. In the case of the Scotland Office’s London premises this includes maintaining a grade one listed building of considerable architectural significance. The Scotland Office does not separately identify the costs of refurbishment from the routine repair and replacement of existing facilities. Over the period of the last 10 years, the Office has shared its accommodation with a number of other Government Departments. The following figures show the gross total for repairs and maintenance of Scotland Office buildings, but does not include the contribution by those Departments towards their share of the costs.

Gross cost (£)

1999-2000

150,354

2000-01

224,719

2001-02

179,335

2002-03

99,310

2003-04

179,853

2004-05

374,129

2005-06

331,803

2006-07

355,071

2007-081

1,011,254

2008-09

401,010

1 Under the terms of the building leases the Office is required to maintain the buildings to an acceptable standard of decoration and repair, which in 2007-08 included roof and exterior repairs to Dover House in London.