HC Deb 06 March 2000 vol 345 cc479-80W
Ms Walley

To ask the Chairman of the Accommodation and Works Committee what was the total expenditure in each of the last three years for treating and controlling rat infestations in the Palace of Westminster. [113068]

Sir Sydney Chapman

The Palace of Westminster does not have a significant problem of infestation by rats, and most of the vermin supposedly identified as rats have, in fact, tuned out to be mice. However, the total expenditure on pest control for the Palace of Westminster for the last three years has been follows:

1996–97 15,881
1997–98 15,185
1998–99 16,405