§ Mr. Malcolm Bruce
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is his estimate of the cost of buildings refurbishment carried out by his Department in(a) 1995–96, (b) 1996–97, (c) 1997–98 to date and 1997–98 full year; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Straw
[holding answer 5 February 1998]: The recorded expenditure on buildings refurbishment by the Home Office, including the Prison Service, is as follows:
£ million Year 1995–96 34.2 1996–971 31.1 1997–98 to date 23.5 1997–98 full year (estimated) 36.3 1 From 1996 the figures include the common user estate properties inherited from Property Holdings on I April 1996.
The figures include value added tax, but exclude professional fees.210W