Cabinet Office: Buildings

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 30th June 2015.

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Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of the office space owned or leased by his Department is not in regular use; what the total (a) rental and (b) retail value is of all such office space; and if he will place in the Library a copy of his most recent departmental real estate valuation.

Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of the office space owned or leased by 10 Downing Street is not in regular use; what the total (a) rental and (b) retail value is of all such office space; and if he will place in the Library a copy of his most recent departmental real estate valuation.

Photo of Matthew Hancock Matthew Hancock The Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office

The Prime Minister’s Office is an integral part of the Cabinet Office.

Since 2010 the Government has been selling unnecessary properties. We have got out of hundreds of properties which were previously under-occupied or superfluous to needs. We now publish more details than ever before on how Departments are using their buildings. Our work to rationalise the Government's property estate has resulted in the exit of 2,018 buildings since 2010, raising £1.4 billion in capital receipts and generating £625 million in running costs savings up to 31 March 2014.

The Government residual estate is part of the Cabinet Office. Birch House in Bristol is office space that is currently vacant. The Government Property Unit (part of the Cabinet Office) is working to dispose of this and other unnecessary properties. We are also considering the long term strategy for 36 Whitehall and ensuring the optimum use of this building within the core Whitehall estate. The remainder of the Cabinet Office estate is defined as Core Estate and as such is fully utilised to deliver departmental functions.

Information about property valuations for the Cabinet Office's Land and Buildings, which have been audited by the National Audit Office, are contained in the Cabinet Office annual report and accounts 2013-14, available from the Libraries in the House and online at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cabinet-office-annual-report-and-accounts-2013-to-2014

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