§ Mr. Pickles
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost was to his Department and his Departments agencies and non-departmental public bodies of their empty and under-utilised properties in each year since 1997. 
§ Mr. Leslie
Since the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister was set up on 29 May 2002 the cost of its vacant accommodation on its central estate is estimated to have been £153,370 in lost rental. The cost to its Agencies in lost rental since 1 April 2002 is estimated to have been £267,590. The information for Non Departmental Public Bodies is not held centrally and can only be provided at disproportionate cost. All are vacant and on the market.