We have a received a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for the following:
- The value and number of fixed assets (land and buildings) sold by the Department (including its predecessor department) and any affiliated bodies to other government departments and/or other public-sector bodies, the proceeds of which have been recorded as part of the Department’s contribution to the Government’s £30bn asset disposal programme announced by the then Chancellor in the House of Commons on July 12, 2004 and which runs between 2004/5 and 2010/11?
- Please identify those assets (individually), which were sold to other central government departments and/or other public-sector bodies where the receipts were recorded as part of the Department’s contribution to the £30bn asset disposal programme.
- The total contributions of the Department and any affiliated bodies to the Government’s £30bn asset disposal programme
We released the following information on 12 November 2009.
The Home Office has sold no assets to other government departments and/or public sector bodies in relation to the £30bn asset disposal programme to which you refer. The £30bn figure is very much a hypothetical figure, included as part of the Lyons review going back to 2005. As the figure reported in the Lyon’s review was hypothetical no asset disposals have been formally recorded as contributing towards it.
You may be interested to know that the Home Office and its agencies hold assets with a net book value of £844m, predominantly in the operational estate that underpins delivery of services to the public. Aside from changes in the machinery of Government (particularly transfer of the National Offender Management Service including the prisons estate to the Ministry of Justice), principal asset disposals by the Department since 2004 were:
- The redevelopment land in Monck St SW1 worth £13m;
- The sale of Horseferry House SW1 for £32.5m; and
- The sale of the RAF Coltishall site to the Prison Service for £5.5m.