§ Dr. Cunningham
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how much has been spent to date by the Property Services Agency on alterations to Maxwell house, Holborn, EC1; what is the proposed use of the office space in question; when it will be occupied; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Nicholas Ridley
[holding answer 8 December 1988]: Negotiations for Maxwell House began in 1986 on behalf of Customs and Excise as a result of the impending expiry of a lease of one of the buildings occupied by them. Customs and Excise have re-appraised their accommodation needs having regard to the Government's relocation policy and have been able to reduce their requirement for office space in central London. A number of carefully costed options are being considered by Ministers and an announcement will be made shortly. Full account will be taken of expenditure to date on alterations to Maxwell house and its future role as part of the Government's office estate.