Big Ben: Tourism

House of Commons Commission written question – answered on 7th March 2012.

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Photo of David Amess David Amess Conservative, Southend West 7th March 2012

To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what representations the House of Commons Commission has received (a) supporting and (b) opposing the introduction of visitor charges for visiting the Clock Tower; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of John Thurso John Thurso Chair, Finance and Services Committee 7th March 2012

Since announcing the charge in an e-mail to Members and their staff on 24 February 2012, three e-mails expressing concern regarding the charge for Clock Tower Tours have been received by the Central Communications Team in the Office of the chief executive. None have been received directly by the Commission. An Early Day Motion opposing the introduction of charges has been tabled, and has been signed by 23 hon. Members (as at 7 March).

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