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Departmental Buildings

Volume 507: debated on Monday 15 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much her Department spent on office refurbishments in each year since its inception. (320472)

The Department occupies the vast majority of its properties under the terms of a PFI contract for which it pays a unitary charge in return for fully fitted and serviced accommodation. The unitary charge includes works carried out over the life cycle of the accommodation which contain an element of refurbishment that cannot be disaggregated from overall expenditure.

Some refurbishments are not covered by the unitary charge and are funded separately as capital expenditure, which would include major projects, and the fit out of new buildings. Expenditure increased from 2002 when the Department embarked on a major programme funded by the Treasury to improve the services delivered to the public, including those provided by Jobcentre Plus, the Pension Service and Debt Management Services. The Department's expenditure on these major refurbishment projects since its creation in 2001 is set out in the following table.

£ million

2001-02

77.8

2002-03

170.0

2003-04

282.3

2004-05

117.3

2005-06

278.9

2006-07

162.2

2007-08

48.2

2008-09

22.6