132223 - Northern Ireland Office: Buildings (Answered)

Jon Trickett
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what proportion of her Department's estate is (a) rented, (b) owned and (c) occupied through any other type of agreement.

Mr Shailesh Vara

The Northern Ireland Office has three areas of estate. The 1 Horse Guards Road holding is occupied via a lease with HMT. A further holding in Stormont Estate, Belfast is occupied via a Memorandum of Terms Of Occupation with the Northern Ireland Civil Service.

The third area of holding relates to a contract for Hillsborough Castle. Some accommodation and a small office for ministers are also available at Hillsborough Castle, however, responsibility for the management and day to day running of Hillsborough Castle rests with the charity Historic Royal Palaces.