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Building Values

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 8th July 2002.

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Photo of John Bercow John Bercow Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the buildings owned by her Department and estimate the market value of each of them.

Photo of Kim Howells Kim Howells Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Culture, Media & Sport

The Department for Culture Media and Sport does not own the buildings on its estate.

The majority of properties managed by the Royal Parks Agency are owned by the Sovereign in right of the Crown, and are therefore inalienable.

The Secretary of State has the following property interests in the Royal Parks Agency.

1. Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Park is owned by the Crown Estate Commissioners and is leased to the Secretary of State for a term of 99 years and five days from 31 March 1992. Its market value was assessed at £375,000 in March 2000.

2. The Secretary of State owns the freehold to Watermill House, 213 Uxbridge Road, Hampton. It borders the Longford River (which is managed by the Royal Parks Agency) and its market value was assessed at £67,000 in March 1999.

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