HC Deb 07 September 2004 vol 424 cc1162-3W
Bob Spink

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many rooms are set aside for(a) the use of smokers, (b) worship, broken down by religion and (c) nursing mothers and pregnant women in each building and set of offices for which his Department is responsible. [187320]

Phil Hope

The data requested is set out in the following table for the buildings occupied by officials of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. As indicated, a number of the rooms are shared with other Government Departments (OGDs).

Name Number of rooms for smoking Number of rooms for Worship Number of rooms for Nursing mothers

and pregnant women

Government Offices 8 2—dedicated (multi-faith) 3—

Meeting rooms (can be used for


7—First aid rooms in 7 locations

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to providing an environment in which staff are able to work in safety and with religious tolerance.

Although the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has overall responsibility for the buildings occupied by Government Offices, they carry out functions on behalf of 10 Departments.