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Equality and Human Rights Commission

Volume 507: debated on Wednesday 17 March 2010

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many properties are (a) owned and (b) leased by the Equality and Human Rights Commission; what the cost to the Commission was in the latest period for which figures are available; and how many people work at each property. (321391)

The EHRC is independent and it manages its own affairs; the following is based on information it has provided.

(a) No properties are owned by the Commission.

(b) 10 properties are currently leased by the Commission. The Commission will release one of these with effect from 1 April 2010 and is actively seeking to release a further three from its portfolio. In addition the Commission rents space in six Government Offices and the Scottish Government in Edinburgh.

The cost of these arrangements was £3.6 million per annum in 2009.

The numbers of people who work at each office location are shown in the table. Figures are taken from the EHRC estates review presented to the EHRC Board in December 2009 and are the latest available.

Headcount1 (total)

FTE2 (total)

Office

1. London (3 More London)

162

155.01

2. Manchester

209

193.09

3. Birmingham

54

49.59

4. Buckingham Palace Road London

6

5.54

5. Glasgow

43

40.38

6. Cardiff (Callaghan Sq)

39

34.47

7. Bangor

3

3.00

Vacant property

8. Edinburgh (Old Tun)

0

0

9. Cardiff (Ty Nant Court)

0

0

10. London (Fox Court)

0

0

Government Offices

Bristol

2

2.00

Cambridge

3

3.00

Guildford

3

3.00

Leeds

3

3.00

Newcastle

3

3.00

Nottingham

4

4.00

Scottish Government

Edinburgh

1

1.00

Edinburgh/Glasgow split

6

6.00

Total

541

506.08

1 Headcount equals number of EHRC employees excluding those on maternity leave, secondment out or career breaks.

2 FTE equals full time equivalent.

Notes:

1. Six employees work between both Glasgow and Edinburgh sites.

2. The Buckingham Palace Road lease expired in April 2010 and staff are being transferred to the London HQ at 3 More London.