To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, 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 Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is constantly seeking ways of reducing its rental liability. It is currently engaged in an active programme to rationalise its estate including exiting properties on lease expiry or break option if earlier in accordance with Cabinet Office National Property Controls.
Details of MoJ’s vacant properties including the tenure, size and availability, are recorded on the Central Government property database, Epims. These records are available via the following link:
Information on the retail value of unused office space, including that within surplus court buildings, is not collected centrally and can only be obtained at disproportionate costs.
Information on the valuation of land and property assets is available in the Ministry of Justice Report and Accounts via the following link: