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.
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:
Rented – 97 sites
Owned – 26 sites
Occupied through other types of agreement (agreements with other Central Government Departments) - 38