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Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of Philip Hammond Philip Hammond Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department and its predecessor spent on interior design in relation to office refurbishments undertaken in each of the last five years.

Photo of Pat McFadden Pat McFadden Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

Over the last five financial years, this Department and its predecessors have spent the following amounts on interior design in relation to office refurbishments:

2005/06 0
2006/07 0
2007/08 65,400
2008/09 52,900
2009/10 376,800

The figures above are inclusive of VAT. The figure for 2009/10 includes costs associated with the major refurbishment of our main ministerial building at 1 Victoria street, enabling the Department to vacate Kingsgate house, London, which currently costs £10 million per annum to run, when the lease on this building expires in March 2012.

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