HC Deb 14 March 2002 vol 381 cc1244-5W
Mr. Bercow

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to his answer of 23 January 2002,Official Report, column 972W, what the cost of refurbishing each ministerial private office was in each year since May 1997. [37897]

Mr. Wills

The Lord Chancellor's Department has not carried out any refurbishment of Ministers' private offices during the period specified. However, two additional ministerial appointments have been made during this period and offices in Selborne house have been adapted for them. The work was carried out under a measured term maintenance contract and was not invoiced separately from other maintenance and repair work. It is not possible, therefore, to identify specific costs, but these are estimated to be less than £20,000 over the period.