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Palace Of Westminster (Occupation)

Volume 201: debated on Friday 20 December 1991

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To ask the Lord President of the Council how many rooms at the House of Commons and its outbuildings and how many square feet have been occupied by (a) media staff and (b) hon. Members over the last three years.

[holding answer 17 December 1991]: Information in the form requested is not readily available.However, work commissioned last year by the New Building Sub-Committee as part of its work to prepare the brief for phase II of the New Parliamentary Building indicates that Members occupy some 10,000 sq metres, the media about 1,500 sq metres. Further information is available in the Services Committee's Second Report 1990–91 "New Parliamentary Building (Phase II): The Initial Brief (HC 551) memorandum 3.

To ask the Lord President of the Council how many security passes have been issued in each of the last three years for (a) members of staff at the House of Commons, (b) the media and (c) allied departments.

[holding answer 17 December 1991]: I regret that this information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.