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Clocks (2019)

Request

  1. Please could I be supplied with the cost of adjusting the clocks on the estate to British Summer Time and back, for each of the past two years.
  2. Could I also be supplied with the current number of clocks on the estate, and the overall cost of keeping them at the right time over the two years.

 

Response

1 - Please could I be supplied with the cost of adjusting the clocks on the estate to British Summer Time and back, for each of the past two years?

Some of this information is held by the House of Commons, and provided in the table below:

YearCost to change clocks
Mar-19£3,602
Oct-18£3,803
Mar-18£3,388
Oct-17Not held

 Please note that the actual costs for adjusting the clocks in October 2017 is not held as it cannot be disaggregated from wider costs from that period.

2 - Could I also be supplied with the current number of clocks on the estate, and the overall cost of keeping them at the right time over the two years?

This information is not held by the House of Commons. The total number of clocks on the parliamentary estate at any given time is not routinely recorded by the House of Commons. In addition, general maintenance costs for clocks on the estate cannot be disaggregated from the wider costs of maintenance on the parliamentary estate.

However, it may help you to know that a FOI request in 2014 disclosed information about a count of the clocks in the House of Commons carried out in October 2005.  At that time, the House had the following number of clocks:

• 240 Antique mechanical clocks
• 4 Master clock systems driving 740 slave dials
• 280 Quartz battery clocks
• The Great Clock