HC Deb 25 February 2003 vol 400 cc495-8W
Mr. Laws

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many buildings were sold to the Trillium Group Ltd. under the Private Sector Resource Initiative for Management of the Estate; what the market value was of these buildings at the time of the sale; if he will list the buildings involved; and if he will make a statement. [98389]

Malcolm Wicks

On 1 April 1998 the then Department of Social Security transferred almost all of its estate through the Private Sector Resource Initiative for Management of the Estate (PRIME) to the private sector consortium now called LandSecurities Trillium. At that time the Department occupied approximately 700 buildings. Of these, only the 212 freehold and long lease buildings had a capital value and these are listed in the table. As part of the PRIME contract the Department received a cash consideration of £250 million for assets transferred. At the time of the transfer the Departments' property advisers estimated the value of the Estate to be over £300 million. The excess value of the estate is being recovered through reduced facilities payments.

The National Audit Office report entitled "The PRIME project: The transfer of The Department of Social Security Estate to the private sector" was published in April 1999. The report was positive and concluded that PRIME is likely to provide better Value for Money than continuing with the existing arrangements.

Freehold and long lease buildings (i.e. those with a capital value) transferred to Trillium from the Department of Social Security in April 1998. Modern leasehold properties are not listed.

Property name Freehold or Leasehold
Aberdare Crown Building F
Aberdeen Greyfriars House F
Abertillery Crown Buildings F
Aberystwyth Crown Buildings L
Aberystwyth Old Welsh L
Bromley Westmorland Road F
Burton-upon-Trent Crown Building F
Caerphilly Crown Buildings F
Campbeltown Hall Street F
Cannock Beecroft Road F
Canterbury Nutwood House F
Cardiff Government Buildings F
Carmarthan Danybank Road F
Castleford Wheldon Road F
Chatham The Brook F
Chelmsford Beeches Road F
Cheltenham Rivershill House F
ChesterLeStreet Station Road F
Chippenham St. Pauls House F
Chorley St. Marys Walk F
Clitheroe Primrose Mill F
Clydebank Radnor House L
Coatbridge South Circular Road F
Colchester Crown Building F
Coventry Cofa Court F
Cowdenbeath Factory Road F
Crawley The Boulevard F
Dartford Crown Buildings L
Derby Forester House F
Derby St. Andrews House F
Dewsbury Rishworth Road F
Diss Dominion House F
Dumfries Irish Street F
Dumfries Tormore F
Dundee Magdalene Yard Road F
Edinburgh Argyle House L
Edinburgh Haymarket House F
Edinburgh High Street- Portobello F
Elgin Trinity Road F
Ellesmere Port Whitby Road F
Exeter Melrose House Unit 1 L
Falkirk Antonine House F
Falkirk Callendar Park F
Falkirk Callendar Park F
Falkirk Heron House F
Falkirk Heron House (PAU) F
Fareham Crown Office L
Folkestone Palting House F
Frome Northover House F
Galashiels Market Street F
Garston Cressington House F
Glasgow Atlas Road F
Glasgow Coustonholm Road F
Glasgow Crosshill Road F
Glasgow Minerva Street F

Property name Freehold or Leasehold
Glasgow Muslin Street F
Glasgow Nitshill Road F
Glasgow Northgate F
Goole Burlington House F
Grantham Crown House F
Great Yarmouth Yarmouth way F
Grimsby Cleethorpes Road F
Grimsby Crown House L
Halifax Crossfield House F
Hamilton Douglas Street F
Harlow Beaufort House F
Hartlepool Crown Building F
Hartlepool Crown House F
Hastings Ashdown House F
Havant Elmleigh Road F
Haywards Heath Oaklands L
Hexham St. Andrews House F
Hinchley Wood
Houghton LeSpring Broadway F
Hull Government Buildings F
Hyde Beech House L
Ilkeston Crown Buildings F
Newcastle Saxon House F
Newton Abbott Ilford Park F
Newton Stewart Victoria Street F
Newtown Afon House F
Northallerton Elder House F
Northampton Gladstone Road L
East Northshields Unicorn House F
Northwich Hartford House F
Nottingham David Lane F
Ormskirk Moorgate F
Orpington The Walnuts F
Oxford Harcourt House F
Paisley Lonend L
Penrith Voreda House F
Penzance Branwell House F
Peterhead Government Buildings F
Peterlee Hatfield House F
Plymouth Crownhill Court F
Pontefract Newgate F
Pontllanfraith Ennisclare F
Poole Park Road F
Port Glasgow Scarlow Street F
Preston Albert Edward House L
Preston Cop Lane F
Preston Diadem House L
Redcar Dawson House F
Redhill London Road F
Rochdale Newgate House L

Change in claimant unemployment in the Jarrow constituency 1997 to 2003
As at January
1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
Total unemployment 3,428 3,130 3,170 2,879 2,592 2,598 2,334
Change from previous year –298 40 –291 –287 6 –264
(Percentage) (–8.7%) (1.3%) (–9.2%) (–10.0%) (0.2%) (–10.2%)
Change from 1997 –298 –258 –549 –836 –830 –1,094
(Percentage) (–8.7%) (–7.5%) (–16.0%) (–24.4%) (–24.2%) (–31.9%)

Latest figure available is for January 2003. Information is provided for January of preceding years as figures are seasonally unadjusted.

Property name Freehold or Leasehold
Romford Crown House F
Rossendale Hurstdale House F
Salisbury Crown Buildings F
Scunthorpe Crown Buildings F
Selby Abbey House F
Sheffield Eastern Avenue L
Shipley Woolcombers Hall F
Shotts Dyfrig Street F
Shrewsbury Whitehall F
Skegness Government Buildings F
Skipton Cavendish House F
Smethwick Church Hill Street F
Southend Prittlewell Chase L
Southend Victoria House F
St. Albans Beauver House F
St. Helens Manor House F
Stanley Towneley House F
St. Austell Carlyon House F
Stevenage Danestrate F
Stirling St. Ninian's Road F
Stornoway Castle Street F
Stranraer Ashwood Drive F
Sutton-in-Ashfield Crown Building F
Swindon Spring Gardens House F
Torbay Cotswold House F
Trowbridge Homefield House F
Twickenham Crown Buildings F
Uxbridge Colham House F
Wakefield Crown House L
Walsall Lower Hall Lane L
Welling High Street (30–40) F
Whitehaven Mark House F
Wick Girnigoe Street F
Wigan Griffin House L
Wigan Mesnes House L
Wishaw Alexander Street L
Worthing Crown Building F
Wrexham Hightown Barracks F

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