Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Buildings

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 18th March 2019.

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Photo of Helen Goodman Helen Goodman Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 11 February 2019 to Question 216183 on Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Buildings, for what reasons his Department owns four properties with an asset value of over £5 million in Paris.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

​The four properties in Paris with an asset value over £5 million are the Embassy building (purchased in 1947), the Ambassador’s Residence and its Gatehouse, and the Consulate site in Rue d’Anjou (all three purchased in 1814). These buildings provide a dedicated base from which diplomats can promote British interests.

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