Historic Buildings: Repairs and Maintenance

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 9th September 2013.

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Photo of Sir David Amess Sir David Amess Conservative, Southend West

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office

(1) how much his Department has allocated towards the refurbishment of the Mausoleum of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert to date;

(2) how much his Department has allocated to the refurbishment of Frogmore House in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Sajid Javid Sajid Javid The Economic Secretary to the Treasury

I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Treasury.

The refurbishment of Frogmore House and the Mausoleum of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert is the responsibility of the Royal Household.

HM Treasury pays Sovereign Grant to the Royal Household, out of which maintenance costs are met, in line with the Royal Household's priorities. Before the Sovereign Grant was introduced in 2012, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport provided the Royal Household with an annual grant for property maintenance. It was the responsibility of the Royal Household to decide how these funds were allocated.

Details of the overall spending allocated to maintenance of Royal properties are available in the Royal Finance Reports on the Monarchy website. The most recent Sovereign Grant Report records that £300,000 was spent on the refurbishment of the Mausoleum at Frogmore in 2012-13.

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