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Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of Stewart Hosie Stewart Hosie Shadow Chief Whip (Commons), Shadow Spokesperson (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department has spent on (a) new capital investment and (b) refurbishment of property in each of the last 10 years, broken down by project.

Photo of Jonathan R Shaw Jonathan R Shaw Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Marine, Landscape and Rural Affairs) and Minister for the South East), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Information for the period requested, broken down for the period from June 2001 onwards, being the inception of DEFRA, could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

The Department did not have systems in place to record all the information in the format requested and it would take several days to review systems and track all individual projects.

However spend, excluding property disposal income, against the Department's capital investment programme, on new and refurbishment projects but excluding projects for a number of its agencies (VLA, VMD, CSL, CEFAS) for the period 2001 has been identified as (rounded to the nearest £1 million):

£ million
2001-03 5
2002-03 9
2003-04 13
2004-05 24
2005-06 22
2006-07 18
2007-08 19

During this period the following specific projects in excess of £0.5 million were undertaken and completed:

£ million
London, 3-8 Whitehall Place—Fit out of developer led scheme 2.11
London, Nobel House—Major refurbishment 33.9
London, 55 Whitehall—Major refurbishment 4.97
London, Ergon House—Major refurbishments 3.5
London, 9 Millbank—Major refurbishments 3.0
Workington, BCMS Offices—New build modular offices 1.5
London, Eastbury House—Major refurbishments 1.3
Reading, Northgate House—Fit out of new Innovation Centre 1.51
Stafford, RAF Stafford—Fit out for new GDS agency 0.96
Worcester, Whittington Road—Major refurbishments 2.25
London, Ashdown House—Major refurbishments 4.39

Spend in the period 2005-08 period also includes circa £40 million value of projects currently in progress.

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