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Volume 497: debated on Wednesday 14 October 2009

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what the estimated marginal cost of opening Parliament for visitors during the summer adjournment was in 2008; and how much income was received from paying visitors during that period. (292017)

The cost of running the summer opening programme in 2008 was £736,026 and the income received from paying visitors was £733,783.

The summer opening programme runs as a cost-neutral (self-financing) operation, the strategy being to break even over a three-year period. The current three-year period, for this purpose, is 2007-09.