To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, 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.
The majority of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)'s UK office space is always in regular use. Work is currently underway to consolidate our London headquarters into one building in King Charles Street by the beginning of November this year. This will save around £5 million a year in running costs for the FCO and free up the Old Admiralty Building for use by another Government Department. Staff are being moved between King Charles Street and the Old Admiralty Building while refurbishments take place and there is no spare office space in either of these buildings. Once the project is completed, the King Charles Street offices are expected to be fully occupied.
Overseas, the FCO runs an estate comprising about 4,800 properties in over 260 locations worldwide. Our portfolio is regularly reviewed to ensure we are getting value for money and maintaining a fit-for-purpose estate.