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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. 
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. 
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. 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 200304. Copies of his letter will be placed in the Library and will be printed in the Official Report.
The Minister for the Cabinet Office has asked me in my capacity as the Chief Executive responsible for the Government Car and Despatch Agency to reply to your Parliamentary Questions about the cost of ministerial vehicles provided to various government departments.
|Annual contracted value (£)|
Information for 200203 is shown in the attached table. This information was originally provided in response to a Parliamentary Question to the hon. Member for Arundel & South Downs (Mr Flight). A copy of my letter to him is also enclosed. Corresponding information for the Law Officers for 200203 (which was not included in the reply to Mr Flight) is also included in this table.
Information about a number of vehicles used within Government is not disclosed under Exemption l(a) of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information on the grounds that its disclosure could harm national security.
|Department||Number of cars||Annual contracted value (£)|
|Department of Health||6||325,500|
|Lord Chancellor's Department||4||233,200|
|Northern Ireland Office||4||205,100|
|Privy Council Office||2||120,800|
|SpendTotal all fuels (£)|
The Cabinet Office reduced its total energy consumption in 200304. 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.
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 (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; 
(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. 
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. 
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. 
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 200506. 
There are no refurbishment projects currently in progress and none are planned to start in 200506. Other projects which are in the initial planning phase have yet to receive the go ahead and funding.
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