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Speaking clock (2016)

Request

Since May 2015 until the current date, how many times has the speaking clock been called via a telephone via an office in either the House of Commons or the House of Lords?

Additionally to the above please provide the annual total to call the speaking clock?

 

Response

Whilst the House of Commons and the House of Lords are separate public authorities in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Parliamentary Digital Service (PDS) is a joint service providing information and communications technology services for both Houses of Parliament. The information below covers both Houses and all users of the parliamentary network e.g. MPs, Members of the House of Lords, their staff, staff of the House Administrations and non-parliamentary network users participating in parliamentary business.

The House of Commons holds this information. Please note that clock engineers wind the clock in the Elizabeth Tower several times per week and check its accuracy against the speaking clock and the twice yearly clock change also uses the speaking clock. These calls are included in the numbers given below.

For the period 1 May 2015 to 31 December 2015 there were 684 calls made to the speaking clock of which 681 were answered. The total cost of these calls is £360.83 excluding VAT.

For the period 1 January 2016 to 13 June 2016 1020 calls were made to the speaking clock of which 1011 were answered. The total costs of these calls is £535.83 excluding VAT.