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The Christchurch office is 574 square metres. For the operational year 2006-07 the rent for the building will be £182,620 and the business rates will be £19,620. Seven full-time staff and four part-time staff are currently based at the office. The leases on our buildings are the responsibility of our partner organisation Land Securities Trillium. If we wish to vacate the premises we are required to give notice to Land Securities Trillium. It is then for them to sublet the building if there is any remaining time left on the lease. In the case of the Christchurch office we are required to give 12 months notice if we wish to vacate the premises.
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Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) in which year the Christmas bonus was first paid to those in receipt of qualifying benefits; and what its value was in each year since its introduction in (a) cash terms and (b) real terms using 2004-05 prices; 
|Christmas bonus rate payable in nominal terms (£)||Christmas bonus rate payable real terms (£) 2004-05 prices|
1. Real terms expenditure has been calculated using the General Index of Retail Prices All Items (RPI) table 1.1 contained in The Abstract of Statistics for Benefit, National Insurance Contributions and Indices of Prices and Earnings, published by the Department for Work and Pensions at:
2. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10 pence.
3. A Christmas bonus was not paid in 1975 and 1976.
|Christmas bonus total expenditure in nominal terms (£ million)|
1. Expenditure figures have been rounded to the nearest £ million.
2. Christmas bonus total expenditure includes non-contributory Christmas bonus from 1972-73, and the sum of contributory and non-contributory Christmas bonus in 1973-74 and from 1977-78 onwards.
3. The Christmas bonus was first paid in 1972.
4. Christmas bonus was not paid in 1975 and 1976, however, Department for Work and Pensions expenditure tables shows some Christmas bonus contributory expenditure, below £0.5 million in 1975-76, which has been denoted with .
DWP expenditure tables 3, 3a, consistent with Budget report 2006.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of the City Strategy programme was in each year since 2004-05; and what his estimate is of the likely cost in each year to 2010-11. 
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his latest estimate is of the total amount his Department has spent on (a) plants and flowers, (b) redecoration, (c) taxis, (d) conferences which were subsequently cancelled, (e) foreign travel by Ministers and (f) press officers in each year since 2001. 
The Department procures fully serviced accommodation from its private sector partner Land Securities Trillium through payment of an all inclusive unitary charge. This payment provides for redecoration and the provision of plants and flowers. It is not possible to extract those individual elements from the unitary charge.
All ministerial visits are conducted in accordance with the Ministerial Code and Travel by Ministers. Since 1999 the Government have published annually a list of overseas travel by Cabinet Ministers costing over £500 and the total cost of all ministerial travel. Information for 2005-06 was published on 24 July 2006. Copies are available in the Libraries of the House. Information for 2006-07 will be published as soon as possible after the end of the financial year.
|(c) Taxis||(d) Conferences which were subsequently cancelled||(f) Press officers|
|(1) The figure for April to October 2006 additionally includes £417,000 paid by staff on taxis and claimed back in expenses. This expenses information is now being collected centrally but is not available for previous years.|
1. Details of spend in relation to (c) is available only from April 2003. The figures from that date to 2005-06 inclusive are in respect of directly invoiced taxi (including minibus and coach) fares only.
2. Information in respect of (d) is available only from August 2003.
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