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Palace of Westminster Elizabeth Tower and Big Ben (2015)

Request

Please provide reports, cost breakdowns to the repair works to the Elizabeth tower and Big Ben the great clock.

 

 

Response

Please note that our response details costs to the House of Commons. Costs may also have been incurred by the House of Lords, which is a separate public authority for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act. You may also wish to consider forwarding your request to the House of Lords for any additional information regarding costs that they may hold.

Please note that costs shown below are expressed in financial years, not calendar years, as this is how the information is held.

You asked about costs for the repair works to the Elizabeth Tower. We have interpreted this to be a request for details of costs of works carried out on the tower which houses the Great Clock. The House of Commons holds this information. In 2013/14 there was no cost to the House of Commons. The refurbishment costs for Elizabeth Tower to the House of Commons in 2014/15 was £64,975 and for the 2015 financial year to date was £51,889. These costs relate to feasibility studies and extensive condition surveys of the tower and clock mechanisms. We are not able break down these costs by specific condition surveys, or to provide discrete reports. Please note that the costs are quoted inclusive of VAT.

You have also asked about Big Ben the Great Clock. As Big Ben is part of the Great Clock we have interpreted this to be a request for details of the cost of repairs to the Great Clock. This information is not held by the House as it is not possible to disaggregate costs for the Great Clock from the figure held for costs of repairs to all clocks on the parliamentary estate. It may help you to know that the cost to the House of Commons for clock maintenance in 2013/14 was £1,591. These costs include the provision and installation of coloured lighting, cleaning, inspection of the Great Clock during the twice-yearly time changes in March and October, and evaluation of corrosion on the Great Clock Dial. In 2014/15 the costs were £2,880, which were for cleaning only. Please note that the costs are quoted inclusive of VAT. For the financial year 2015 to date there have been no costs to the House of Commons.