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House of Lords: Cleaners

Volume 687: debated on Thursday 7 December 2006

asked the Chairman of Committees:

What proportion of cleaners are currently contracted to work outside normal office hours in the House of Lords. [HL608]

Two groups of employees provide cleaning services within the House. Housekeepers employed directly by the House are contracted to work Monday to Friday from 6.30 am to 10 am, except for the head housekeeper, who is contracted to work from 6 am to 10 am. Two members of the housekeeping staff choose to work from 6 am to 9.30 am. Different and more conventional working hours apply to a small number of housekeepers who carry out special cleaning tasks in support of the Library and the Parliamentary Archives.

The House also employs the services of 24 Mitie contract cleaning staff. Their working hours are broken down as follows.

Staff member

Working hours

1 Manager

6 am to 2 pm

1 Supervisor

5 am to 12 noon

1 Supervisor

2 pm to 10 pm

19 Cleaners

5 am to 9 am

2 Janitors

5 pm to 8 pm