§ 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.