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Cleaning of furnishings (2015)

Request

With regard to the following, please can you provide me with a breakdown of spending on cleaning, maintenance and repairs since June 2010.

  • Speaker's silver
  • Non-Speaker's silver
  • Antique clocks
  • Antique furniture

 

Response

The House of Commons holds some of the information you have requested. The information we are able to provide is shown in the table below.

Cleaning Maintenance Repairs
Speaker’s Silver None None None
Non-Speaker’s Silver Not held separately None £780.00
Antique Furniture Not held separately None £48752.00
Antique Clocks Not held separately Not held separately Not held separately

Please note the following:
  • For non-Speaker’s silver and antique furniture the nature of all treatments have an interventive element, making them more restoration or repairs, therefore the costs have been shown as repairs.
  • We do not hold information about the cost of cleaning non-Speaker’s silver and antique furniture. General cleaning is carried out by areas, such as buildings or rooms, rather than by specific items so it is not possible to disaggregate the costs you have requested from the overall costs for cleaning.
  • Speaker’s silver refers to all silver held in the Speaker’s State Rooms. Non-Speaker’s silver refers to silver held elsewhere in the House of Commons.
  • We do not hold information about cleaning, maintenance and repairs for antique clocks. It is not possible to disaggregate costs specifically for antique clocks from the costs of work carried out on all clocks within the House of Commons.