HC Deb 19 November 1996 vol 285 cc467-8W
Mr. Flynn

To ask the Chairman of the Accommodation and Works Committee, pursuant to his answer of 31 October,Official Report, column 220, if he will (a) set out the objectives and (b) estimate the total individual costs of (i) the second phase of the overhaul of carriage gates, (ii) the external painting and roof repairs at Norman Shaw North, (iii) the repairs carried out to the supporting structure of the Prince's Chamber ceiling, (iv) provision of improved storage in the Library cellars, (v) an improved sales counter at the Speaker's bookstall, (vi) the new pulpit on the main committee corridor and (vii) other projects. [4704]

Sir Raymond Powell

The policy objectives and forecast in-year costs relating to work in the House of Commons are as follows:

Project Objective In-year cost to the House £ In-Year cost total £
(i) Second phase of overhaul of carriage gates I refer my hon. Friend to the answer that I gave on 7 November 1996,Official Report,column607
(ii) External painting and roof repairs at Norman Shaw North To maintain the roof and exterior paintwork 175,000 175,000
(iii) The Prince's Chamber is administered by the House of Lords, for which I have no responsibility.
(iv) Provision of improved storage in the Library To provide improved storage and meet health and safety requirements 40,000 40,000
(v) Improved sales counter at Speaker's bookstall To improve facilities for Members and their visitors 16,000 16,000
(vi) New pulpit on main Committee Corridor To provide a more effective working area for staff and include access for IT facilities 16,200 27,000
(vii) Other projects MY committee's policy objective is to achieve exemplary standards of maintenance by carrying out appropriate conservation, maintenance and improvements haveing regard to health, safety energy conservation environmental issues and the historic fabric