The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.
Letter from Jil Matheson, dated March 2010:
As Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority, I have been asked to respond to your question asking the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the new priorities and in-year pressures were for the UK Statistical Authority that required the £6 million take up of the departmental unallocated provision. (322879)
In 2006/07 the Office for National Statistics announced that staff numbers in London would reduce to about 90 by the end of 2009/10, and a provision has been made for early retirement of those staff allowing for those who leave by other means, such as transfer, relocation or resignation.
As part of the decision to relocate all remaining London staff to Myddelton Street, Drummond Gate was vacated in June 2008. The property is being actively marketed and discussions are taking place with a number of potential tenants, and so far three tenants have signed leases for three out of six floors. We have also made provisions in respect of this property.
The £6 million pounds is required to fund the cash to meet the 2009-10 element of property provisions.