Parliamentary Estate: Pests

House of Commons Commission written question – answered at on 22 January 2024.

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Photo of Sarah Olney Sarah Olney Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Treasury)

To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, how much has been spent on repairing damage caused by pests on the Estate in each of the last three years.

Photo of Charles Walker Charles Walker Chair, Administration Committee, Chair, Administration Committee

We do not hold the individual costs for responses to incidents logged via the Maintenance Helpdesk as these works are captured by an overall budget that covers routine maintenance and/or larger refurbishment works. It is not possible to break down this amount according to works repairing pest damage.

In February 2023, the Heritage Collections team treated 17 pieces of the Historic Furniture and Decorative Arts collection for moth infestation at a total cost of £4,512.81+VAT. There has been no other treatment in the last three years.

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