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Church Commissioners written question – answered on 15th September 2003.

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Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker Liberal Democrat, Lewes

To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what the total annual expenditure on bishops' residences was in each year from 1998.

Photo of Stuart Bell Stuart Bell Second Church Estates Commissioner

The Church Commissioners' expenditure on bishops' housing and office premises in each year from 1999 is as follows:

£ million
1998 3.0
1999 3.3
2000 3.0
2001 3.3
2002 3.4

As is indicated in note 13 to the Commissioners' annual financial statements, these costs cover building maintenance and repairs, external property management costs, staff costs including salaries and pensions, council tax, insurance and other running costs, Lambeth Palace Library running costs, support services, depreciation, rent paid and rental income. Capital expenditure on existing houses or on acquiring replacement houses is not included.

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