§ Sir Sydney Chapman
[holding answer 3 November 1999]: The annual running costs for Portcullis House are estimated to be some £3.6 million. This includes the cost of utilities, rates, cleaning and maintenance. Comparable figures for other buildings on the parliamentary estate for 1998–99 are; 7 Millbank—£2.5 million and Norman Shaw North and South—£1.3 million. The hon. Member will wish to note that Norman Shaw South is overdue for a major refurbishment, and therefore running costs have been somewhat curtailed in the last few years.