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Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 6th April 2010.

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many smoking shelters his Department has built for its staff in the last five years; and at what cost.

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

Smoking shelters have been installed over the last five years on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) UK estate as follows:

Smoking shelters installed
2005-06 None
2006-07 Two shelters for Hanslope Park purchased and installed at an approximate cost of £3,500 each
2007-08 None
2008-09 None purchased but one existing shelter at Hanslope Park moved to more appropriate location at a cost of approximately £1,000
2009-10 Four shelters purchased and installed at Hanslope Park, two at a cost of £5,765 each, one at a cost of £4,693 and one at a cost of £4,681

Shelters have been installed in line with the FCO's Smoking Policy which permits smoking in designated areas only, away from buildings.

The provision of this information for the overseas estate could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

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