HL Deb 02 May 2002 vol 634 cc137-8WA
Lord Freyberg

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will give full details of the antique furniture held by the Treasury Solicitor's Department at 9 Buckingham Gate. [HL3864]

The Attorney-General (Lord Goldsmith)

No. 9 Buckingham Gate is occupied by me and the Solicitor-General and by my chambers, known as the the Legal Secretariat to the Law Officers. Although LSLO is on the Treasury Solicitor's Department's Vote, it is a separate government department and owns the assets at Buckingham Gate.

A survey was last carried out in December 1997 by Bonhams. Some 24 items (which include sets of chairs) were identified and valued at a total market cost of £16,230. The most valuable single item is a Regency bookcase valued at £5,500. Of the remaining 23 items identified, 21 were valued at less than £1,000.

The items of furniture are chairs, desks, tables, bookcases, mirrors and a settle.

All of the items of furniture are in daily use and it is intended that they should continue to be so used.

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