Recall of Parliament

House of Commons Commission written question – answered on 11th September 2013.

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Photo of Thomas Docherty Thomas Docherty Labour, Dunfermline and West Fife

To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what estimate he has made of the cost to the House service of the recall of the House on 29 August 2013; and what estimate he has made of the amount of revenue foregone by (a) visitor services, (b) the Jubilee Cafe, (c) other catering services and (d) other services due to that recall.

Photo of John Thurso John Thurso Chair, Finance and Services Committee, Chair, Finance and Services Committee

The cost to the House of Commons Service of recalling Parliament for a day is marginal as most operating costs are fixed for the year as a whole and are unaffected by the number and distribution of sitting days. The additional cost is about £24,000.

For 29 August the ticket and retail sales associated with visitor services reduced by around £16,500. Although Jubilee Cafe income was reduced by £2,100 there was an overall net increase of income on catering services of £3,000.

The total cost of the recall was therefore some £37,500.

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