Departmental Assets

Education and Skills written question – answered on 7th November 2001.

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Photo of David Laws David Laws Shadow Spokesperson (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what stocks of (a) antiques, (b) paintings and (c) fine wines are held by her Department; if she will list such assets sold over the last three years together with the sale proceeds from such transactions; what plans she has to sell further such assets over the period of the current Comprehensive Spending Review; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Ivan Lewis Ivan Lewis Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education and Skills) (Skills and Vocational Education)

holding answer 31 October 2001

The stocks of antiques, paintings and fine wines held by the Department are as follows: There have been no assets sold over the last three years and there are no plans to sell further such assets over the period of the current Spending Review.

Site: Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith street, London.

Assets: Suite of Cuban mahogany furniture, inlaid with holly, currently on loan to "The Lake District Art Gallery and Museum Trust" to provide conference room and office furnishings for Blackwell.

Value: Insurance value of £5,000

Site: Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith street, London.

Assets: Six antique clocks, currently in secure storage.

Value: £500 each

Site: Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith street, London.

Assets: 40 paintings and prints, currently on display throughout the building.

Value: Total value of £7,000

Site: Caxton House, Tothill street, London.

Assets: 118 paintings (mainly student works), currently on display throughout the building.

Value: Total value of £19,451.

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