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.
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.