The Government has raised £36.8 million from selling property in the West Midlands.

The 111 sites sold off include the former site of the Pebble Mill studio in Edgbaston, Birmingham.

Much of the land was previously owned by the regional development agency, Advantage West Midlands, which was closed by the current government following the 2010 general election.

Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude published the figures, as he announced that departments have raised over £1 billion nationally since May 2010 by selling property and land.

Properties sold in the West Midlands include:

* Land at Woodhouse Farm, Hurcott, Kidderminster

* Bilston Urban Village, Wolverhampton

* Land at Redditch Road, Studley, Warwickshire

* Lightmoor Village Centre, Telford, Shropshire

On top of this, the Government has stopped using more than 1,000 leasehold and Private Finance Initiative properties, saving a further £168 million in the first six months of 2012/13 financial year alone, by ensuring it is not paying rent and running costs on space that it does not use or need.

In Birmingham city centre, 5 St Philip’s Place has been occupied by the Ministry of Justice, Home Office, Department of Health, Department for Transport and Department for Culture, Media and Sport, with Ofsted also taking space in April .

Sharing the building has reduced costs by £845,000 a year, according to the Government.

Mr Maude said: “It’s remarkable that the Government was paying for property that it just wasn’t using. That kind of waste is always unacceptable.”