HC Deb 10 November 1976 vol 919 cc167-8W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will make a statement giving as much detailed information as may be available showing when repairs, renovations and alterations commenced at No. 1 Carlton House Terrace; how much has been spent to date; how much of this amount is for the conversion for the flat; who chose the colour schemes and wall fabrics and at what cost; why the kitchen was completely refitted and at what cost; what was the cost of refitting the bathroom; who is using the flat, or who is due to take up residence; and what rent will be paid.

Mr. Marks

I assume that my hon. Friend is referring to No. 1 Carlton Gardens.

It became clear in 1973 that substantial work was needed on this listed building. When my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister became Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in March 1974 he was told that this work was necessary and indicated that he did not intend to occupy the flat. The Property Services Agency then decided to put renovation in hand, and work started in January 1975.

The work was completed in April 1976, at a cost of £215,000. The cost of renovating the flat was £90,000, of which £77,000 was on major maintenance necessary under the terms of the lease. Redecoration and wall fabrics cost £6,000. The cost of the kitchen, which was overdue for refitting after 25 years' use, was approximately £4,600, and the bathroom approximately £400.

As is usual, my right hon. Friend and his wife were asked to assist in the choice of decorations and agreed to do so.

The flat is at present empty and no decision has yet been taken as to the next occupant. Rents are not charged for ministerial residences.

Mr. Trotter

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what was the cost of new wall coverings for the flat at No. 1 Carlton Gardens; who chose the designs; what was the cost of the new fitted kitchen and of the re-equipment of the bathroom; and what was the total cost of re-equipping the flat apart from renovations to the structure of the building.

Mr. Marks

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave today to my hon. Friend, the Member for Newham, North-West (Mr. Lewis).