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Manpower

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many people were employed by the House in (a) visitor services, (b) the Parliamentary Education Service, (c) catering and (d) security in each of the last 10 years; at what cost in each of those years, how many police worked on security for the House on the parliamentary estate in each of those years; and at what cost in each of those years. (310543)

The number of people directly employed on these services together with the related cost in the last three years has been:

2006-072007-082008-09

Number

Cost (£000)

Number

Cost (£000)

Number

Cost (£000)

Visitor Services

25.0

475

24.0

766

31.0

1,044

Parliament's Education Service

11.0

271

13.7

385

19.0

539

Catering

277.5

7,983

269.3

9,074

276.7

9,185

Security (Metropolitan Police Service)

470

20,720

520

19,985

520

20,601

The figures show the total number of staff at 1 April each year, excluding casual staff recruited to meet short-term work requirements (e.g. summer tour guides). With the exception of catering, these services are bicameral with the House of Lords being re-charged a proportion of the expenditure incurred. The costs shown represent the Commons share only of all salary-related expenditure. Comparable information before 2006-07 is not available. Security staff listed are not employed by Parliament but provided by the Metropolitan Police Service under the Special Service Agreement.