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Departmental Events

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if she will list the (a) conferences, (b) seminars, (c) workshops, (d) exhibitions and (e) press conferences which have been sponsored by the Office and which took place on non-Office premises in each of the last two years giving the (i) title, (ii) purpose, (iii) date and (iv) cost of each. [202327]

Mr. Miliband: The information requested is not held centrally. To obtain the information would incur disproportionate cost.

Departmental Expenditure

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate she has made of the cost of (a) new builds, (b) demolition rebuilds and (c) private finance initiative projects in the Office in each of the last two years. [202310]

Mr. Miliband: The Emergency Planning College (Easingwold) has spent around £400,000 in 2002–03 and around £4 million in 2003–04 on new builds.

It is estimated that since May 2002, the CMPS's Residential Learning and Development Centre (Sunningdale) Public Private Partnership/Private Finance Initiative partner has spent around £12 million on demolition, new builds and building and site enhancements at Sunningdale Park.

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what her estimate is of the cost of (a) ministerial cars and drivers and (b) taxis to the Office in each of the last two years. [202311]

Mr. Miliband: I have asked Nick Matheson, Chief Executive of the Government Car and Despatch Agency to write to the hon. Member with details of the cost of ministerial vehicles provided to this Department in 2003–04. Copies of his letter will be placed in the Library and will be printed in the Official Report.

The amount used on taxis in the financial year 2002–03 was £354,284.95.

In 2003–04 a number of changes were made to the accounting system in order to rationalise the number of accounts and details of taxi costs ceased to be held centrally.

All official travel in the Department is undertaken strictly in accordance with the rules contained in the Cabinet Office Management Code.

Letter from Nick Matheson to Mr. John Bercow, dated 10 January 2005:


 
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Department
Number
of cars
Annual contracted value (£)
Cabinet Office8472,100
DCA4230,400
DCMS4235,600
DEFRA5286,000
DfES7384,900
DFID2107,600
DfT4232,200
DTI5275,500
DWP6339,400
FCO4214,500
DoH6425,200
HM Treasury5295,400
Home Office7408,900
Law Officers2106,400
NIO5362,600
ODPM6321,800
Privy Council156,000
Scotland Office149,200
Wales Office2130,100
Total844,933,800




Notes:
1. Northern Ireland Office (NIO) figures include costs for two temporary Ministers while the Northern Ireland Assembly is suspended.
2. Cabinet Office figures include cars at the Prime Minister's Office, the Leader of the House of Lords, the Commons Chief Whip and the Minister without Portfolio.
3. The Government Car Service no longer provides services to the Ministry of Defence.





2002–03

DepartmentNumber of carsAnnual contracted value (£)
Cabinet Office8440,800
ODPM6333,600
DCMS4230,500
DfES6317,000
DFID292,200
DTI6321,700
FCO5258,000
Department of Health6325,500
HM Treasury5285,800
Home Office7399,900
Lord Chancellor's Department4233,200
Law Officers2105,900
MOD163,000
Northern Ireland Office4205,100
Privy Council Office2120,800
Scotland Office2100,400
Wales Office2127,200
DEFRA5285,900
DfT3173,700
DWP6328,600
Total864,748,800









 
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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if she will make a statement on energy costs incurred by the Office in each of the last two years. [202312]

Mr. Miliband: Energy costs incurred by the Cabinet Office in each of the last two years are shown in the table.
Spend—Total all fuels (£)
2002–031,066,030
2003–041,092,469

The Cabinet Office reduced its total energy consumption in 2003–04. The increase in spend for that year was due to increases in electricity and heating fuel prices which more than outweighed a substantial reduction in consumption.

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what her estimate is of the cost of building refurbishment carried out by the Office in each of the last two years. [202314]

Mr. Miliband: Excluding the Civil Service College's site at Sunningdale Park, the Cabinet Office spent £14,647,629 on building refurbishment in 2002–03 and £7,600,684 in 2003–04.

A Private Finance Initiative/Public Private Partnership in relation to the Civil Service College's Sunningdale Park site commenced on 13 May 2002. From that date, the College's private sector partner has spent around £12 million on an overall investment plan. This has included expenditure on refurbishment projects.

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the cost of refurbishing each Ministerial Private Office was in the last two years. [202315]

Mr. Miliband: During 2003–04 the Ministerial Private Office of the Minister for the Cabinet Offices underwent repair and redecoration at a cost of £11,980.

No refurbishment works were undertaken in 2002–03.

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what the total external spending by the Office was on private finance initiative (PFI) consultants in each of the last two years; how many full-time equivalent consultants were employed over this period; how many billed consultancy days there were per year; what the implied average cost of each PFI consultant was; how many consultancy firms were used by the Office over this period; and if she will make a statement; [202318]

(2) what the total external spending by the Office was on public-private partnership (PPP) consultants in each of the last two years; how many full-time equivalent consultants were employed over this period; how many billed consultancy days there were per year; what the implied average cost of each PPP consultant was; how many consultancy firms were used by the Office over this period; and if she will make a statement. [202328]

Mr. Miliband: The Cabinet Office has not used any consultants in connection with private finance initiative (PFI) projects in 2003–04 or 2004–05.

The Cabinet Office has not incurred consultancy costs in connection with other public private partnership (PPP) activities.
 
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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what his estimate is of the cost of (a) ministerial cars and drivers and (b) taxis for Duchy administrative staff in each of the last two years. [202472]

Mr. Milburn: The Duchy of Lancaster is not responsible for the cost or provision of a ministerial car or driver to the post of the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

For information for the periods 2002–03 and 2003–04, I refer the hon. Member to the response given by my hon. Friend the Minister for the Cabinet Office today.

The cost of taxis to the Duchy of Lancaster is included within the travel costs itemised in the Duchy's accounts, copies of which are available in the Library.

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the cost of refurbishing his ministerial private office was in each of the last two years. [202475]

Mr. Milburn: Responsibility for the ministerial private office of the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster rests with the Cabinet Office.

I refer the hon. Member to the response given by my hon. Friend the Minister for the Cabinet Office today.

Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much has been spent on entertainment by the Cabinet Office in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) food, (b) alcohol, (c) staff and (d) accommodation. [204342]

Mr. Miliband: Details of the Department's spend on entertainment in each year since 1997 are shown in the following table.
£ thousand

Entertainment expenditure
1997–98192
1998–99170
1999–2000276
2000–01277
2001–02254
2002–03307
2003–04381

Information breaking down the expenditure by the categories requested cannot be readily retrieved without incurring disproportionate cost.

Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much has been spent by his office on (a) new furniture and (b) hired furniture in each year since 1997. [205619]

Mr. Miliband: The available information on the cost of furniture for the Cabinet Office is shown in the table.
Cost (£)
2002–0374,841.50
2003–04134,788

It is not possible to provide information for all of the Cabinet Office estate for previous years as this is not held centrally and can be provided only at disproportionate cost.
 
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Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the costs of refurbishments in the Cabinet Office were in each year since 1997; and what the planned expenditure is for 2005–06. [205680]

Mr. Miliband: The costs of refurbishment of London offices of the Cabinet Office are shown in the table.
Cost (£)
1998–991,974,788
1999–20001,470,524
2000–0128,082,638
2001–0235,994,741
2002–0326,559,481
2003–0411,216,534




Notes:
1. Figures include fees, furniture/office equipment and VAT.
2. There was no expenditure in 1997–98



There are no refurbishment projects currently in progress and none are planned to start in 2005–06. Other projects which are in the initial planning phase have yet to receive the go ahead and funding.

Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much has been spent by her Office on lighting in each year since 1997. [205747]

Mr. Miliband: The figure is not held centrally and can be provided only at disproportionate costs.


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