§ Sir Michael Spicer
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 6 December 1999,Official Report, column 391W, on 2 Marsham Street, if he intends to maintain the current rate of expenditure in 2000. 
§ Mr. Straw
A large proportion of the costs are for reactive maintenance rather than routine preventive maintenance. This makes it difficult to finalise a firm budget until part-way through the year. However, at present, we anticipate that next year's cost will not exceed the current budgeted cost for the year ending 31 March 2000.