Big Ben: Festivals and Special Occasions

House of Commons Commission written question – answered on 19th February 2020.

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Photo of Mark Francois Mark Francois Conservative, Rayleigh and Wickford

To ask the hon. Member representing the House of Commons Commission, what the cost was of Big Ben chiming on (a) Remembrance Sunday 2019 and (b) New Year's Eve 2019.

Photo of Paul Beresford Paul Beresford Conservative, Mole Valley

An error has been identified in the written answer given on 16 January 2020.

The correct answer should have been:

The costs associated with striking Big Ben on Remembrance Sunday and New Year's Eve in 2019 were £14.2k including VAT in total. on each occasion.

The striking of Big Ben on these occasions was coordinated around the planned works so as to minimise the impact on the project costs and to ensure it did not result in any delay. If the project team are required to strike the bell with less notice, the costs would substantially increase due to the unexpected impact on the project schedule.

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Photo of Paul Beresford Paul Beresford Conservative, Mole Valley

The costs associated with striking Big Ben on Remembrance Sunday and New Year's Eve in 2019 were £14.2k including VAT in total. on each occasion.

The striking of Big Ben on these occasions was coordinated around the planned works so as to minimise the impact on the project costs and to ensure it did not result in any delay. If the project team are required to strike the bell with less notice, the costs would substantially increase due to the unexpected impact on the project schedule.

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