HC Deb 06 April 1897 vol 48 cc603-4

I beg to ask the First Commissioner of Works if he will state how much per unit is paid for electric current for the lighting of the Houses of Parliament; if he is aware that the cost of producing electric current varies from 1½d. to 2d. per unit; and whether he will consider the advisability of providing the necessary installation, seeing that there is ample space in the engine and boiler rooms of the House for such an installation?


The price paid under contract for a fixed period is sixpence per unit. It was found impossible to secure a lower price, seeing that the company specially provided plant for the building, including an alternative supply. There is no suitable space in the Houses of Parliament for a complete installation for the production of electric light; and it would be necessary to provide a site, as well as special buildings and machinery, at a great cost. This matter has received very careful consideration, and it has not been thought desirable to embark upon so large an expenditure as would have to be incurred if the suggestion of the hon. Member were to be carried out.