§ Mr. Higgins
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment on how many occasions in the last year lift No. 77 to the Upper Committee Corridor has not been working; on how many occasions it has been maintained or repaired; what has been the cost of doing this; what percentage of the labour costs were incurred at overtime rates; what Department or company is responsible for keeping it in working order; and if he is satisfied with the work done.
§ Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg
From 1 November 1979 to 31 October 1980, Lift HOP 77 was temporarily out of service 21 times following breakdowns and twice for modifications. Breakdowns and repairs cost £734. Modifications carried out by the manufacturers cost £1,649. There were also 10 planned maintenance visits costing £1,200.
Approximately 30 per cent. of labour costs for maintenance and repairs were incurred at overtime rates as this lift cannot be taken out of service while the House is sitting. Maintenance and repairs are carried out by the Property Services Agency's London region lift maintenance depot. I am satisfied that this lift is as efficiently maintained and repaired as is possible under the circumstances.