Departmental Public Expenditure

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of David Simpson David Simpson Shadow Spokesperson (Education), Shadow Spokesperson (International Development), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Business, Innovation and Skills)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department spent on (a) new furnishings, (b) works of art and (c) new vehicles in each of the last two years.

Photo of Chris Bryant Chris Bryant Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Europe)

I refer the hon. Member to the response provided by my hon. Friend. Member for Lincoln (Gillian Merron) on 17 November 2008, Hansard column 190W, in relation to 2007-08.

As my hon. Friend explained in her response, furnishings are not recorded in the fixed assets register. It would not be possible to provide the information required without incurring a disproportionate cost.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) spend on motor vehicles in 2008-09 was £15,463,000. The majority of spend was for vehicles in Iraq and Afghanistan. These require additional security features that significantly increase costs. FCO Services spend on motor vehicles in 2008-09 was £179,000.

There was no spend on works of art.

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