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Counterterrorism

Volume 716: debated on Wednesday 6 January 2010

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the original estimated cost of the Whitehall Streetscape Improvement; what is the current estimated cost; and what proportion of that cost relates to counter-terrorism precautions. [HL792]

The Whitehall Streetscape Improvement project in its entirety is designed to provide physical protection to establishments considered to be at increased risk of attack, particularly from the threat of terrorism.

The original published estimated cost for delivery of the core scheme of the Whitehall Streetscape Improvement Project is £25 million; this figure consisted of:

initial payments covering all stages of project design and the required local authority planning application and listed building consents; and

staged grant payments to Westminster City Council for phased delivery of the project.

An additional sum of £5,500,000 was made available from Home Office CONTEST funds and paid as staged grant payments to Westminster City Council to deliver additional physical security measures previously unaffordable under the original core scheme.

The project remains on target to be delivered within the grant that has been paid and by the completion date of December 2010 and that disaggregation is not possible.