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Government Office Cleaning

Volume 374: debated on Thursday 7 October 1976

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  • (a) in London,
  • (b) outside London,
  • cleaned by contract cleaning companies for each year since 1970 and if they will detail the cost.

    The information requested is not available centrally and could not be obtained without disproportionate cost. However, a survey carried out in 1970 on behalf of the National Board for Prices and Incomes in connection with their investigation into Pay and Conditions in the Contract Cleaning Trade (NBPI Report No. 168) indicated that approximately two-thirds of the total area of Government offices was then cleaned under contract and one-third by directly employed labour. I have no evidence to suggest that these proportions have altered significantly since 1970.The NBPI report gives the cost of cleaning Government offices by contract in 1970 as approximately £4 million. Information readily available centrally about the cost of contract cleaning is incomplete and in any case shows only the Estimates provision for the years 1975–76 and 1976–77. These figures are:

    (Full-time equivalent staff in post as at 1st April each year)
    Agriculture, Fisheries and Food239½244236½233230238243
    Customs and Excise198½200207211½234252274
    Environment/PSA (a)320270157115120155169
    Health and Social Security749741½726½699½601641685
    Home Office8887½6484½799699
    Inland Revenue377385407½398½389398405
    Lord Chancellor's Office(c)(c)173148172172190
    National Savings336306½278199182132129
    Trade and Industry(c)908278½605653
    Scottish Office (Central Services)(b)171½95½100½158154152150
    Other Departments577539591½437½430432704(d)
    (a) Department of the Environment established on 12 November 1970, incorporating the former MPBW, MMLG and Ministry of Transport.
    (b) Scottish Office established on 1 April 1970, incorporating the former SDD, DAFS, SED and SHHD.
    (c) Separate figures not available.
    (d) The Manpower Services Commission, Employment Service Agency and Training Services Agency were hived off from the Civil Service in 1974 (204 staff) and returned on January 1, 1976 (273 staff).

    1975–76£11·2 million (including Supplementary Estimates)
    1976–77£12·4 million (excluding Supplementary Estimates)

    asked Her Majesty's Government:The number of directly employed cleaners in each of the main Government Departments:

  • (a) in London,
  • (b) outside London,
  • for each year since 1970.

    Departmental returns for the years in question do not differentiate between staff employed n London and elsewhere. The following numbers of non-industrial cleaners are expressed as full-time equivalents, with two part-time cleaners counted as on; full-time cleaner:House adjourned at five minutes past eleven o'clock.