HC Deb 22 April 1985 vol 77 cc318-9W
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:

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:

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

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