HL Deb 19 April 1995 vol 563 c53WA
Lord Sefton of Garston

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What was the final cost of removal of unnecessary structures, equipment and fittings from the site now occupied by MI6 at Vauxhall Bridge to suit the present incumbents.

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Chalker of Wallasey)

The latest figure for the costs of equipping the building at Vauxhall Cross is £81.2 million (at 1995–96 prices) as shown in the Cabinet Office departmental report. It is lower than the original estimate of £90 million given to the noble Lord by my noble friend the Lord Strathclyde, the then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, on 8 June 1992 (Official Report, col. WA 73). For security reasons it would be wrong to give any further breakdown of the costs. The Comptroller and Auditor-General and the National Audit Office will have full access to the details of the project.