§ Mr. Lidington
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to sign a contract to move to a new London headquarters. 
§ Mr. Straw
I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave my hon. Friend the Member for Regent's Park and Kensington, North (Ms Buck) on 28 July 2000,Official Report, column 1167W. Contract negotiations for developing the Marsham Street site as a public private partnership project are currently in progress with Anne's Gate Property plc, the preferred bidder. These negotiations are not expected to complete until later this year.