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Education written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Conservative, Hereford and South Herefordshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the address is of each office property occupied by his Department outside Greater London which it (a) owns and (b) rents; what the level of utilisation is of each such property; what the capital value is of each such property it owns; and what the (i) annual rental cost and (ii) length of lease agreement is of each rented property.

Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The Department for Education occupies three office properties outside of Greater London, the details of which are listed in the following table:

Property name Address Value (£)
Castle View House East Lane, Runcorn, WA7 2DB 7,500,000
Mowden Hall Staindrop Road, Darlington, DL3 9BG 2,835,000
2 St Paul's Place 125 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 2FL 22,390,000

The Mowden Hall site in Darlington and the Castle View House site in Runcorn are freehold properties owned by the Department. The St Paul's Place building in Sheffield is also owned by the Department, but the ground lease is not and the Department pays a ‘peppercorn' rent, which runs until September 2259. Both the Mowden Hall site and the St Paul's Place facility are fully occupied. The Castle View House site is currently 73% utilised with the remaining space being actively marketed to the public and private sector both commercially and through the Government Property Unit.

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