§ Mr. Spearing
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the approximate proportion of routine cleaning and maintenance work, respectively, in the Palace of Westminster undertaken by private contractors; what are the approximate numbers of persons so employed at present; and if he has plans to increase this number.
§ Mr. Kaufman
20 per cent. of the cleaning for which my Department is responsible, and 12 per cent. of the maintenance is undertaken by private contractors. They employ 25 persons on cleaning and 20 on maintenance. The additional net requirement for Norman Shaw North has not yet been assessed.