STEPS Agreement

Treasury written question – answered on 19th July 2004.

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Photo of Mr Denzil Davies Mr Denzil Davies Labour, Llanelli

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 15 June 2004, Official Report, column 835W, on the STEPS agreement, in respect of what costs were the payments in excess of the annual charge of £170 million made to Mapeley STEPS Ltd. in each year to April (a) 2002, (b) 2003 and (c) 2004.

Photo of Dawn Primarolo Dawn Primarolo Paymaster General (HM Treasury)

The £170 million, mentioned within the NAO report, relates to Facility price only and is an estimated annual charge only. The difference in the actual Facility Price payments and the total payments to Mapeley STEPS Contractor are for services and pass through costs provided for in the contract such as major works, minor works and utilities.

The data for years to April 2002 and 2003 have been routinely archived and therefore cannot be obtained without disproportionate cost. However, for the year to April 2004 the data are available for the Inland Revenue. The amounts that account for contract expenditure in addition to the Facility Prices are as follows:

2003–04
Amount (£000)
Major works 25,378
Utilities 12,728
Minor works and services 12,536
VAT on rent 10,163
New services for existing facilities 2,244
Total 63,049

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