Escalators: Underground Car Park

The Right Hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, Representing the House of Commons Commission, Was Asked – in the House of Commons at on 21 February 2019.

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Photo of Philip Hollobone Philip Hollobone Conservative, Kettering

What the annual cost is of running the escalators from the underground car park.

Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Trade), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Exiting the European Union)

The maximum annual energy cost of running the escalator has been calculated as £2,820, including VAT.

Photo of Philip Hollobone Philip Hollobone Conservative, Kettering

This escalator is running all the time yet, compared with the escalator between the main estate and Portcullis House, it is used relatively infrequently. Would it be possible to install a button so that it operates only when required?

Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Trade), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Exiting the European Union)

It may be that the hon. Gentleman does not burn the midnight oil and therefore may not be aware that, in fact, the escalator is switched off manually by engineers control between midnight and 6 am on sitting days and between 6 pm and 6 am during recess. He will be pleased to hear that the escalator is also switched off at the weekend. It is also fitted with sensors that slow down the motor when it has not been used in the previous few minutes.