HC Deb 28 March 1994 vol 240 cc505-6W
Mr. Hoyle

To ask the Chairman of the Finance and Services Committee, pursuant to the answer given by the chairman of the Accommodation and Works Committee to the hon. Member for Derbyshire North-East (Mr. Barnes) on 14 March,Official Report, columns 512–13, what consideration has been given to charging rent to those commercial organisations there listed for the space they occupy in the Palace of Westminster; and what considerations underlie the policy of not charging such rent.

Mr. Channon

As explained in the reply to the question to which the hon. Member refers, many of the arrangements with commercial organisations are long established, and enable the House to enjoy the benefit of services provided by the bodies concerned, taking account of the fluctuating nature of the House's requirements. The financial arrangements are kept under review.