HC Deb 08 March 1988 vol 129 c120W
Mr. Macdonald

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when he expects to replace the artificial fibre carpets in the House and its associated buildings; and what steps he is taking to reduce the degree of static electricity in the meantime.

Mr. Chope

Most carpeting in the Palace of Westminster is made of an 80 per cent. wool and 20 per cent. nylon mix. There is a limited amount of synthetic fibre carpet, most of which has been modified to prevent static build-up. There are no plans to replace it.

Static electricity is exacerbated when there are low levels of humidity. The Crown Suppliers spray carpets with anti-static fluid when requested to do so.

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