Vandalism (2015)


Reports of vandalism in the Houses of Parliament premises and the cost of repair, with a breakdown by individual incident and cost if possible. Please provide figures from 2011 to the present day (May 2015).




The Parliamentary Estates Directorate record this data for both the House of Commons and the House of Lords, so while the two Houses are separate public authorities for the purpose of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), this response, with the exception of costs which can be separated, covers the whole of the Parliamentary Estate. I understand the House of Lords will be providing some additional information under separate cover.

Requests, complaints and notifications relating to building and maintenance issues received by the Facilities helpdesk, by phone or email, are logged on a computerised system which then provides the facility to track and complete each task. These reports are not categorised by reason (i.e. vandalism or graffiti) so the House does not hold a definitive list for all reports of this nature.

However, in order to be helpful, it is possible to carry out a keyword search of this system.
List of all reports which mention the keywords ‘vandalism’ and ‘graffiti’. (CSV CSV 7 KB)Please note that this is not a definitive list of all vandalism or graffiti reports, only ones that have been directly identified as such to the helpdesk.

The names of operational staff have been redacted from the list. This information is exempt by virtue of section 40 (2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the exemption for personal information), as disclosure of this information to the public generally, in the House’s view, would not be consistent with data protection principles in the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA). This is an absolute exemption and the public interest test does not apply.

Most damage resulting from vandalism or graffiti is either removed or repaired as part of regular maintenance work by House staff or carried out by an onsite contractor who batches up a lot of jobs into a larger invoice, so the House of Commons does not hold specific figures for the cost of repair in each case. However, we have located some itemised costs of repairs relating to the removal of graffiti which are held by financial year. These costs are:

Financial Year Incident HOC Amount
2011/12 Graffiti on St Stephens Entrance's stone work £250
2011/12 Graffiti on Bridge Street staircase's stone work £145
2014/15 to date Graffiti on granite railing wall £2,016

Incidents of damage where a crime is suspected are reported to the Metropolitan Police Service who record this data on our behalf.

Information about arrests for vandalism (criminal damage) from 2008 to 2011 has already been disclosed as crime data already publicly available.

Information about arrests for vandalism (criminal damage) from 2011 onwards is routinely published by the Metropolitan Police Service on their web pages. Data from January 2012 to March 2015 is publicly available.