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Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Conservative, Witham

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the (a) total floor space and (b) floor space measured in square metres per full-time equivalent post is of properties used by his Department.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has over 4,700 properties in over 270 locations around the world. It would not be possible to provide the level of detail requested in the time scale and it would also be at disproportionate cost.

A list of owned offices world-wide was provided in my answer of 13 September 2012, Hansard, column 322W. A copy has been placed in the Commons Library. Overseas, we own a total of 2,312 buildings (including those for residential use) and rent 2,380 buildings (again including those for residential use).

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