Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Buildings

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 22nd March 2018.

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Photo of Jon Trickett Jon Trickett Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office), Shadow Lord President of the Council

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of his Department's estate is (a) rented, (b) owned and (c) occupied through any other type of agreement.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Defra group has been delivering a significant property rationalisation programme since 2010. In that time annual property running costs have reduced from £170m per year to £100m per year. The number of sites will continue to reduce, with a focus on occupying the Government Property Units Hub sites, where it meets operational delivery for the Defra.

The Core Department occupies sites on the following basis:

  1. Rented – 97 sites

  2. Owned – 26 sites

  3. Occupied through other types of agreement (agreements with other Central Government Departments) - 38

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