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Snow and Ice

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many snow shovels are owned by the House of Commons. (254561)

Snow clearance on the parliamentary estate is the responsibility of the company which holds the main cleaning contract. The company currently has five snow shovels on site. It has been instructed to increase the number to 20. On 2 February other shovels were also used. The problems encountered in clearing the snow were caused by a shortage of staff. Given the circumstances both the contractor's and the House's personnel were used to clear snow but many had been prevented from travelling by the weather.