HC Deb 02 April 1974 vol 871 cc349-50W
Mr. William Hamilton

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what has been the estimated total cost to public funds of the provision of new facilities for members of the House of Lords in the financial year 1973–74: and what was the comparable figure for the House of Commons.

Mr. Charles R. Morris

The provision in 1973–74 estimates for new works, furniture and equipment was:

Works £ Furniture and Equipment £
House of Lords 602,127 51,940
House of Commons 4,176,537 34,560

Items included in "works" were:

House of Lords.
Peers' Dining Room extension and associated accommodation 230,00
Accommodation over Peers' Dining Room and east-west route (Phase I) 180,000
Refurbishing and air-conditioning the Moses Room 54,000
Annunciator system 60,000

The balance is composed of minor works mostly costing under £5,000. The provision for furniture and equipment also covers a large number of relatively minor items of which only three, the furnishing of the Peers' Dining Room extension (£10,000), the Peers' Smoking/ Writing Room (£6,000) and the Peers' Committee Room (£7,000), cost more than £5,000.

House of Commons:

House of Commons:
Underground car park 1,021,000
Norman Shaw North 500,000
New parliamentary building site purchase (part) 2,276,000
Reorganisation of kitchens 135,000
Completion of "Tea Room" scheme 25,000

As in the Lords there was also a relatively large number of minor works and items of furniture and equipment. Furnishing Norman Shaw North will cost about £400,000 in 1974–75.