asked the Lord President of the Council what provision is made in the Palace of Westminster for the parking of their cars by attendants who live far from Westminster but who have to be on duty by 6 a.m.
All staff regularly employed until the rising of the House of Commons have space allocated to them in the underground car park. If their duties require them to arrive by 6 a.m. they may still park there. Other staff, whose hours of duty allow them to use public transport, are allowed to park in Broad Sanctuary car park, and experience shows that there are no parking problems here at 6 a.m. The Services Committee is due to consider the working of car park arrangements in the autumn after experience of one year's operation of the underground car park.
asked the Lord President of the Council how many parking spaces there are in the Palace of Westminster underground car park; what is the average occupancy of the car park during the various hours of each day from Monday to Friday during the period for which records are available; and what is the maximum number of spaces and percentage of available space filled and the minimum left empty during each such period.
The underground car park has about 500 places for cars. Statistics have not been kept in a form which would answer my hon. and learned Friend's Question exactly as tabled, but I hope that the following list will be helpful. All figures refer to times when the House was sitting.
|Maximum use since car park opened||344|
|Average daily peak, Monday-Thursday||300|
|Minimum usage, Monday-Thursday (during all night sitting)||57|