§ Mr. Greenway
asked the Lord Privy Seal which Department of the House is responsible for the cleaning and maintenance of the gentlemen's and ladies' lavatories in the Palace; and what steps are being taken to improve the standard of hygiene and ensure that adequate supplies of toilet rolls, towels and soap are available.
§ Mr. Biffen
The Property Services Agency is responsible for the cleaning and maintenance of lavatories in the House of Commons. Routine cleaning is carried out on a regular basis, supplemented by occasional deep hygiene cleaning. The authorities of the House are responsible for supplies of toilet rolls, towels and soap. Certain problems have occurred recently, due to sickness among a high proportion of the directly employed labour staff, but steps are being taken to alleviate these problems. All the arrangements are kept under review.