House of Commons Commission written question – answered on 19th March 2008.

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Photo of Greg Knight Greg Knight Chair, Procedure Committee

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what the (a) names, (b) job titles and (c) employers are of all persons with a permit to use the House underground car park who are not hon. Members, hon. Members' staff or staff of the House.

Photo of Nick Harvey Nick Harvey Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

As at 14 March 2008 there are 207 valid permits for the underground car park (excluding Members, Members' staff and staff of the House). These are broken down as follows:

Employer Job title(s) Permits
Metropolitan Police Service Police/security/fire officers 160
Post Office Operational postal grades 13
Press Correspondents/journalists/reporters 10
PICT Consultants/engineers/managers 7
House of Commons Whips Officers/assistants/messengers 5
Parliamentary Broadcasting Manager/operator/engineer 3
Jacksons Lifts Engineers 2
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Director/secretary 2
W B Gurney and Sons LLP Shorthand writer to the House 1
House of Lords Chapel Verger/Principal Attendant 1
Rediffusion Engineer 1
Security Services Group Engineer/electrician 2

For security and legal reasons, the names of the permit holders have not been included.

These permits are predominantly required for staff who work unsocial hours, when public transport is unavailable. They are only provided when the requirements of Members and staff of the House have been appropriately catered for.

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