Christmas decorations (2017)

Request

  1. How many Christmas trees were put up in the House of Commons in 2016? How many are planned for this year?
  2. Was there a decorating budget for any other major religious holiday during the 2016 and 2017 fiscal years, both Christian and non-Christian?
  3. Except for 2013, there appears to be no funds allotted for decorations. So, does this mean that the trees are bare, or left up to staff to individually decorate?
  4. When are the trees usually put up and when are they taken down?

 

Response

  1. How many Christmas trees were put up in the House of Commons in 2016? How many are planned for this year?
    Some information is held by the House of Commons. There are 5 ‘official’ trees put up on the House of Commons parts of the parliamentary estate, including the large Forestry Commission tree located in New Palace Yard (in front of Big Ben).
    Individual teams and offices may also put up trees and decorations, but these local arrangements are not recorded by the House.
  2. Was there a decorating budget for any other major religious holiday during the 2016 and 2017 fiscal years, both Christian and non-Christian?
    This information is held by the House of Commons. There is no decorating budget for any other Christian or non-Christian religious holidays in 2016 or 2017.
  3. Except for 2013, there appears to be no funds allotted for decorations. So, does this mean that the trees are bare, or left up to staff to individually decorate?
    Some information is held by the House of Commons. Decorations for the official trees are routinely reused on a yearly basis and only replaced when required. If no decorations are ordered, there will be no declared costs for them.
    We have no record of the costs of tree decorations for individual teams and offices as these are not funded by the House of Commons.
  4. When are the trees usually put up and when are they taken down?
    Some information is held by the House of Commons. The official trees are put up on the last Saturday in November each year, and removed on the closest Saturday to the end of the 12 day of Christmas period.
    We have no record of when individual teams and offices put up and take down their trees.