§ Mr. Weir
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the total annual running costs for buildings used, owned or rented by his Department for each nation and region of the United Kingdom, and estimate the average cost per square metre for properties used by his Department as a whole, and by region and nation of the United Kingdom.
§ Ms Blears
The table shows an estimate for the total running costs for financial year 2000–01 for buildings used, owned or rented by the Department and its agencies for England. It also estimates the average cost per square metre for properties used by the Department as a whole for England. It does not include any costs associated with the national health service.
Region Total running costs>(£ million) Average cost per square metre Northern 0.646 268.92 Yorkshire and Humberside 5.311 275.10 North West 2.709 132.19 East Midlands 0.614 123.42 West Midlands 0.909 304.99 Eastern 0.735 162.30 South West 1.328 222.80 South East 1.188 243.78 London 26.051 350.16 Total 39.491 282.25
Running costs include capital charges, rents, service charges, rates, unitary charge (as appropriate), cleaning, decoration, building maintenance, utilities (including refuse collection), security, reception and porters. The Department does not occupy any properties in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.