§ Mr. Peter Bruinvels
asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will estimate the marginal cost for each hour the House sits after (i) midnight, (ii) 1 am and (iii) 2 am, including the cost of staff, heating and lighting, and support services.
§ Mr. Biffen
I refer my hon. Friend to written answers given by the hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed (Mr. Beith), representing the House of Commons Commission, on 1 May 1984, at column120, and by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Environment on 25 April 1984, at column 526. A detailed estimate in the terms requested could be produced only at disproportionate cost.