§ Lord Cocks of Hartcliffe
asked the Chairman of Committees:
What is the individual cost of each uniform issued to the staff of the Attendants' office, and what is the total cost; and
What is the cost of each (a) lapel badge and (b) tie issued to the staff of the Attendants' office, and how many have been made; and
Who designed the lapel badge and tie issued to the staff of the Attendants' office; and
Who decided on the uniform changes in the Attendants' office, when, and for what reasons.
§ The Chairman of Committees (Lord Boston of Faversham)
At its meeting on 5th March 1996 the Administration and Works Sub-Committee approved a proposal that the corps of Attendants should be provided with new uniforms in line with recommendations made by the Staff Adviser when he carried out a Review of the Attendants. The aim of the new uniforms is to improve the image and morale of the Attendants.
At the meeting of the Sub-Committee each variation of the uniform was worn by an Attendant and shown to the Sub-Committee, as were examples of tie and badge design. The latter were designed by Black Rod's Department in consultation with the manufacturer.
Further to the approval of the Administration and Works Sub-Committee, the House of Lords Offices Committee agreed to the proposal at its meeting on 26th March.70WA
A detailed breakdown of the total costs is attached. The sum was included in the Attendants Budget for 1996–97.
Breakdown of costs £ (A) PRINCIPAL ATTENDANTS Uniforms, complete @ £389.64 × 3 1,168.92 (B) SENIOR ATTENDANTS AND ATTENDANTS Working Dress Uniform, complete @ £329 × 12 3,948.00 Day Dress Uniform, complete @ £359.64 4,315.68 TOTAL Each attendant @ £688.64 × 12 8,263.68 (C) GRAND TOTAL 9,432.60 (D) BADGES Cost of Badges included in "complete" uniforms above: Unit price 4.94 Minimum order × 100 494.00 Plus VAT and postage TOTAL 585.46 (E) TIES Cost of Ties included in "complete" uniforms above: Unit price 4.70 Minimum order × 107 502.90 Plus VAT and postage TOTAL 598.84