Thursday, 24 October 2013

Questions (119)

Robert Dowds

Question:

119. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will provide a list of all the properties leased or rented on behalf of the State which are not fully occupied; the extent to which these are not fully occupied; and the rent being paid by the State for the unoccupied space by building. [45338/13]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

The civil service office accommodation portfolio held by the Commissioners of Public Works comprises over 860,000 square metres, 58% of which is owned and 42% is leased. None of the leased office buildings within the portfolio are vacant.

The Commissioners actively manage the portfolio to ensure optimal use of space and this ongoing process has resulted in substantial reductions in the office property footprint and annual rental expenditure. Between 2008 and the end of 2012, the Commissioners have surrendered over 87,000 square metres of office space and reduced its annual rent roll by €27.6 million.

The Commissioners have no occupancy details for leased premises in the wider public service.