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Departmental Buildings

Volume 508: debated on Tuesday 23 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department spent on office refurbishments in each of the last 10 years. (320467)

I refer the hon. Member to the reply my hon. Friend the Member for Lincoln (Gillian Merron) gave to my right hon. Friend the Member for Horsham (Mr. Maude) on 25 November 2008, Official Report, column 1200W.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) spent £14,049,000 in 2007, £2,254,000 in 2008 and £7,061,411 in 2009 on refurbishments to offices in its buildings in the UK.

Information relating to refurbishment of offices on the FCO's overseas estate is not held centrally, and on the UK estate prior to 2007 could be provided only at disproportionate cost.