To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many buildings her Department sold in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013 and (e) 2014.
17 November 2014
No buildings owned by my Department have been sold in any of the years 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. My department has responsibility for Hillsborough Castle and rents accommodation at both Stormont House in Belfast and 1 Horse Guards Road, London.
In 2013, the Northern Ireland Office moved its London office from Millbank to 1 Horse Guards, saving in the region of £1m per year. In 2014, management of Hillsborough Castle was transferred to Historic Royal Palaces which will also deliver substantial annual savings for the taxpayer.