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Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 17th October 2011.

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Photo of Eilidh Whiteford Eilidh Whiteford Shadow SNP Spokesperson (International Development), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Women), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Work and Pensions), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Agriculture and Fisheries)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) building and (b) refurbishment projects his Department plans in (i) 2011-12 and (ii) 2012-13; and what the cost of each such project will be.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

The information is as follows:

Projects for 2011- 12:

Contracted projects amount to £41 million across the global network. This includes new builds, refurbishments, health and safety and security improvements.

Maintenance projects across the global network to the amount of £l6.3 million across 158 posts. Maintenance projects are works over £3,000 and generally under £250,000. Expenditure is limited to immediate health and safety risk to personal safety or security, legal and statutory compliance, leasehold obligations and maintaining freehold asset, values.

Refurbishment and maintenance of UK Estate at £1,096,323, includes replacement of light fittings, health and safety works to the roof at King Charles street and installation of new lifts. All scheduled work has been prioritised within available funding and constitutes essential health and safety work, or subject to lease requirements or part of the scheduled maintenance programme of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Smaller projects which our overseas missions manage themselves have not been included. This information is not held centrally and to collate it would incur a disproportionate cost.

Finalised figures for the planned works/refurbishment for the period 2012-13 are not currently available.

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