Gareth Thomas (Harrow West, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many buildings owned by his Department and the bodies for which he is responsible have been empty for more than two years; and if he will make a statement.
Owen Paterson (Secretary of State, Northern Ireland; North Shropshire, Conservative)
None of the buildings owned by my Department have been empty for more than two years.
My Department has two non-departmental public bodies—the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and the Parades Commission for Northern Ireland. Both public bodies are independent of Government and the hon. Gentleman may wish to write to the Commissions directly on these matters.