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Departmental Buildings

Volume 508: debated on Monday 29 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much her Department and its agencies have spent on rooms for staff leisure in each of the last five years. (324430)

The information as requested is not available. The Department has a PFI contract for the provision of fully serviced accommodation. We currently occupy around 1,000 buildings under the terms of this contract and pay a per square metre charge known as a facility price. This charge is site specific and does not identify different uses of areas within a property.

A number of sites do have facilities such as gyms, and the vast majority will have rest areas or breakout rooms provided for the relaxation and comfort of staff working there. Often these spaces are dual use fulfilling a function as both areas for rest or leisure, and for more formal uses such as meetings or team sessions.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether her Department provides subsidised gym facilities for its staff. (324551)

DWP does not provide staff with specific subsidised gym facilities. However, through the DWP discount scheme staff have the opportunity to take advantage of discounts for gym membership.

In addition, gym facilities are provided in some offices for staff who are members of the Health and Social Security Recreational Association (HASSRA) and the Civil Service Sports and Social Club (CSSC). Both HASSRA and CSSC are recreational associations funded primarily by membership subscription.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much her Department spent on interior design in relation to office refurbishments undertaken in each of the last five years. (324686)

The information requested is not collated centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.