HC Deb 27 February 1985 vol 74 c183W
Mrs. Renée Short

asked the Lord Privy Seal how much was spent in 1982–83 and 1983–84 and how much is due to be spent in 1984–85 on cleaning services for the House.

Mr. Biffen

The costs of cleaning services are in part borne by the House itself and in part by the Property Services Agency. The figures for the costs borne by the House are:

1982–83 255,468
1983–84 259,366
1984–85 273,629

Cleaning costs borne by the Property Services Agency for the whole parliamentary estate, including the House of Lords and all parliamentary outbuildings, are:

1982–83 279,222
1983–84 358,793
*1984–85 380,000
* Estimate.

A detailed breakdown of these latter costs between the two Houses is not available; but on a rough proportional basis some 66 per cent. can be attributed to the House of Commons.