To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what estimate the Commission has made of the additional cost to the House of Commons of sitting through what was originally intended to be the February recess.
It is estimated that the following additional costs may be incurred as a result of the House sitting during the period which was originally intended to be the February recess.
Loss of income expected from tours that have been cancelled
Estimated additional payments to staff required to work if the House sits beyond 6pm or night duty (beyond 8pm), payments for childcare, late night transport and printing costs
Costs of postponing planned building/maintenance works
£300,000 – £400,000
There may be additional costs that cannot yet be quantified and there may be additional income from catering as the estate will be busier than expected.