§ Mr. Peter Bruinvels
asked the Lord Privy Seal how much was the Palace of Westminster's telephone bill in 1984; how the figure compares with each of the past five years; and if he is able to divide the figures between the House of Lords and the House of Commons.
§ Mr. Biffen
The telephone bill for the Palace of Westminster for 1984 was £1,303,455.22. In the preceding four years it was as follows: 319W
£ 1983 1,111,299.33 1982 1,174,629.35 1981 1,334,288.49 1980 1,164,373.89
These charges are divided into proportions which are reviewed annually. The resent percentages are as follows:
percentage House of Lord 9.8 House of Commons 86.1 Lord Chancellor's Department 1.8 Department of the Environment 2.2 Post Office 0.1