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FINAL ANSWER ON MARSHAM ST DUE

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The fate of the much-reviled former headquarters of the old DoE could finally be known this month. ...
The fate of the much-reviled former headquarters of the old DoE could finally be known this month.

The Home Office said it is hoped firm plans for the semi-derelict buildings in Marsham Street, Westminster, will be announced before Parliament rises on 28 July.

The Conservatives have attacked government 'inactivity' which they say has cost taxpayers£1.5m. Shadow minister for London Bernard Jenkin said the buildings should be sold off for housing, with a stipulation that at least 40% be affordable housing.

He said selling the land would raise up to£50m and 'remove once and for all an ugly eyesore from the local environment in Westminster'.

The building was vacated under the last Conservative government. Then environment secretary John Gummer ran an ill-starred architectural competition seeking ideas for future use of the site.
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