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Speaker's Apartment Maintenance (2018)

Request

  1. Details of any improvement/maintenance/restoration work carried out on the Speaker's apartment for the whole of 2017?
  2. Could I also be supplied with details of any furniture/equipment purchased for the apartment since this time.

 

Response

  1. Details of any improvement/maintenance/restoration work carried out on the Speaker's apartment
    This information is held by the House of Commons.
    Spending on maintenance and other works for the Speaker’s apartment from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017.
    Just like any work requests in the House of Commons, requests for maintenance and repairs of the Speaker’s residence are recorded in a database.  The above information has been arrived at by keyword search of this system and therefore may not be exhaustive. 
    In addition, some general maintenance tasks (for example, the window handle refit in January 2017) are undertaken across different locations on the parliamentary estate under one general maintenance contract, and the costs of these tasks cannot always be disaggregated to specific locations.
  2. Details of any furniture/equipment purchased for the apartment since this time.
    This information is held by the House of Commons. An itemised breakdown of all spending charged to the Speaker’s official House account during 2017, has been published on our website.
    As the information you request is reasonably accessible to you otherwise than under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), your request is refused. In refusing your request the House is applying the exemption set out in section 21 (1) and (2) (a) of the FOIA. This is an absolute exemption and the public interest test does not apply.