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That this House notes the decision taken by the House of Commons Commission on 14 December 2009 to convert the extremely popular and well-used Bellamy's Bar and the Astor Suite in Parliament Street into a nursery for 40 children; records that this change of use was not put to the House for debate or decision; further notes that the popularity of Bellamy's Bar and the Astor Suite, which were open to staff, hon. Members and guests and generated valuable income, was demonstrated by the fact that £480,000 had been spent on refurbishing it in the two years prior to the Commission's decision; further notes that the cost of converting Bellamy's Bar and the Astor Suite into the nursery was £511,000 plus VAT and that, out of more than 6,500 people who work on the Parliamentary Estate, only 24 places have been filled of which only six are full-time attendees; notes that the nursery is still running at a projected loss of £100,000 in this financial year and records that the accumulated running losses and capital costs are now well over £1 million at a time when public nurseries and Sure Start centres are closing or drastically reducing their provision; believes that this continual drain on public monies is no longer justifiable; and further believes that the nursery should either increase its fees to break even and to reduce the accumulated deficit, or close and allow the facility to be put to more well-used and income-generating purposes.
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