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Portcullis House

House of Commons Commission written question – answered on 14th June 2004.

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Photo of Martyn Jones Martyn Jones Labour, Clwyd South

To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission how many full-scale evacuations of Portcullis House have been held since the building was opened; and on what dates and at what times.

Photo of Mr Archy Kirkwood Mr Archy Kirkwood Chair, Work and Pensions Committee

The number of fire evacuations of Portcullis House is 31. The dates and times are as follows:

Date Time
5 October 2000 15:03
13 October 2000 11:08
13 October 2000 21:46
7 December 2000 16:48
7 April 2001 14:14
1 June 2001 06:51
6 August 2001 15:01
22 October 2001 08:07
26 October 2001 12:27
4 December 2001 10:20
20 March 2002 22:22
November April 2002 06:39
13 April 2002 03:08
22 October 2002 15:13
28 October 2002 19:22
2 November 2002 10:35
23 November 2002 16:59
5 December 2002 20:24
16 December 2002 09:36
19 February 2003 11:50
27 March 2003 08:38
6 May 2003 11:44
14 July 2003 20:00
19 December 2003 10:30
09 January 2004 18:25
20 January 2004 22:36
7 February 2004 09:47
9 February 2004 16:49
3 March 2004 13:51
21 March 2004 13:17
1 April 2004 05:19

During the early months of occupation of Portcullis House a large number of evacuations were due to over-sensitive sensors.

The number of unnecessary alarms and evacuations have been reduced; so far in 2004, evacuations have been for genuine, if minor, incidents.

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