HC Deb 05 December 1990 vol 182 cc142-3W
Mr. Fisher

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he will publish tables showing(a) the number of new buildings, (b) the amount spent on new buildings, (c) the amount spent on repairs and maintenance and (d) the amount spent on building renovation by his Department in each of the last five years.

Mr. Curry

The Ministry took on responsibility for vote accounting and project sponsorship for major new buildings projects and major improvements to the existing buildings two years ago. Prior to this time the Department of the Environment's Property Services Agency held this responsibility and I have no details of actual expenditure incurred on projects for earlier years. Since 1988 details of proposals for individual projects with a total forecast cost exceeding £2 million have been published in the major projects table annex of this Department's published estimates with lesser projects treated in aggregate. The total expenditure details for the 1988–89 and 1989–90 financial years are:

1988–89 1989–90
Number of new buildings projects on which expenditure was incurred 11 12
Expenditure on new buildings projects (£ million) 8.62 8.40

1988–89 1989–90
Expenditure on improvements to existing buildings (£ million) 7.35 1.40

The management of the maintenance of the Ministry's departmental estate was passed on from the DoE Property Services Agency on 1 April 1990. Previously the costs of repairs and maintenance were met by the Property Services Agency from sums recovered from Departments in the accommodation charge. I am therefore unable to publish figures.