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Nurseries

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what advice the House of Commons Commission has sought from the Finance and Services Committee on the cost of replacing Bellamy's Bar, the Astor Suite and Bellamy's Clubroom with a day nursery. (321400)

The Commission considered it important to have the planned nursery facility operating early in the new Parliament, before new Members had made other child care arrangements. This is a challenging timescale, given the need for listed building consent and consent for change of use, the time required to make the premises ready and the requirement to pass the Ofsted inspection and be registered with Ofsted. In view of the time constraints, the Commission decided it was not feasible to seek advice from the Finance and Services Committee.

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if the House of Commons Commission will place in the Library a copy of the full business case for the replacement of Bellamy's Bar, the Astor Suite and Bellamy's Clubroom by a day nursery. (321401)

The full business case is being prepared for submission to the Clerk of the House. Such documents necessarily contain commercially confidential information, the disclosure of which would damage the commercial interests of the House.