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registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-01-07more like thismore than 2019-01-07
answering body
House of Commons Commission more like this
answering dept id 18 more like this
answering dept short name House of Commons Commission more like this
answering dept sort name House of Commons Commission more like this
hansard heading Parliamentary Estate: Alcoholic Drinks more like this
house id 1 remove filter
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, for what reasons the Commission has restricted the sale of alcohol in parliamentary cafeterias selling food; and how that policy is intended to promote responsible alcohol consumption. more like this
tabling member constituency Broxbourne more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Charles Walker more like this
uin 205847 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction true more like this
date of answer less than 2019-01-11more like thismore than 2019-01-11
answer text <p><del class="ministerial">The House of Commons Commission has agreed a number of actions to promote responsible alcohol consumption on the Parliamentary Estate.</del> <ins class="ministerial">On 19 March 2018, the House of Commons Commission endorsed the recommendations of the Administration Committee to help to promote responsible drinking in Commons catering venues. The Commission also agreed to return to this matter on a six-monthly basis. The Commission did so on 29 October 2018, also giving due weight to the reference to access to alcohol within the Dame Laura Cox report on bullying and harassment. On 17 December 2018 the Commission agreed a number of actions to promote responsible alcohol consumption on the Parliamentary Estate.</ins> These include<ins class="ministerial">d</ins> increasing the range of non-alcoholic drinks and lower strength beers available, training and supporting staff to refuse to serve customers when necessary, expanding and encouraging alcohol-free areas including all six House of Commons cafeterias (Bellamy's, Courtyard Café, Debate, Jubilee Café, Members' Tea Room, Terrace Cafeteria), discouraging Members and staff from drinking in offices after bars are shut, and not running promotional advertisements.</p>
answering member constituency Carshalton and Wallington remove filter
answering member printed Tom Brake more like this
previous answer version
94718
answering member constituency Carshalton and Wallington more like this
answering member printed Tom Brake more like this
answering member
151
label Biography information for Tom Brake more like this
94885
answering member constituency Carshalton and Wallington more like this
answering member printed Tom Brake more like this
answering member
151
label Biography information for Tom Brake more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-01-11T17:52:12.27Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-11T17:52:12.27Z
question first ministerially corrected
less than 2019-01-17T16:16:14.607Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-17T16:16:14.607Z
answering member
151
label Biography information for Tom Brake more like this
tabling member
1493
label Biography information for Sir Charles Walker more like this
418961
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-09-15more like thismore than 2015-09-15
answering body
House of Commons Commission more like this
answering dept id 18 more like this
answering dept short name House of Commons Commission more like this
answering dept sort name House of Commons Commission more like this
hansard heading House of Commons: Working Hours more like this
house id 1 remove filter
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the Answer of 14 September 2015 to Question 9407, what estimate the Commission has made of the cost of overtime payments to staff resulting from late sittings of the House in each year since 2010. more like this
tabling member constituency Glasgow North more like this
tabling member printed
Patrick Grady more like this
uin 10253 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-10-12more like thismore than 2015-10-12
answer text <p>A late sitting can refer to either an occasion when the House sits beyond its likely scheduled rise (i.e. 10.30pm on Monday, 7.30pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, 5.30pm on Thursday); or whenever the House sits beyond 10.00pm.</p><p>Two types of payments are made to staff in order to support evening sittings, including late sittings: the Unsocial Hours Payment (UHP), an annual flat-rate allowance paid across the year to staff required to work to an unspecified time during evening sittings; and the Evening Additional Hours (EAH) payment which reflects the number of additional hours worked after 6pm, paid at a standard rate from 1800 to 2230 and at a higher rate after 2230. Additionally, in certain circumstances overtime may be paid to staff which may or may not be related to the House’s sitting hours. These payments are not reflected in this answer as the records do not indicate in which circumstances they were made to support late sittings. A late night taxi service is provided to staff who are required to work late; this service is only available after 2300.</p><p>Security staff are employed by the Metropolitan Police Service and are paid in accordance with their terms and conditions of employment.</p><p>The costs of UHP, EAH and the late night taxi service in each year since 2010–11 was as follows:</p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Unsocial Hours Allowance*</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Evening hours payment*</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Travel Costs</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Total Cost</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010–2011</p></td><td><p>£373,409.48</p></td><td><p>£473,171.13</p></td><td><p>£376,892.69</p></td><td><p>£1,223,473.29</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011–2012</p></td><td><p>£345,556.57</p></td><td><p>£503,810.57</p></td><td><p>£369,859.62</p></td><td><p>£1,219,226.77</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012–2013</p></td><td><p>£334,516.90</p></td><td><p>£433,007.60</p></td><td><p>£264,314.70</p></td><td><p>£1,031,839.20</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013–2014</p></td><td><p>£333,091.84</p></td><td><p>£412,079.02</p></td><td><p>£239,546.70</p></td><td><p>£984,717.56</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014–2015</p></td><td><p>£367,756.14</p></td><td><p>£341,638.12</p></td><td><p>£141,814.10</p></td><td><p>£851,208.36</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Total</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>£1,754,303.93</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>£2,163,706.44</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>£1,392,427.81</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>£5,310,465.18</strong></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>* Inclusive of NI and pension contributions</p><p>It is not possible meaningfully to equate these staffing costs related to evening sittings to an average overall cost per hour of late night sittings for two reasons: firstly, costs for other types of marginal expenditure related to late sittings, such as utilities charges, are not recorded separately; secondly, the staffing costs are paid to facilitate all sittings after 6.00pm, rather than “late” sittings specifically, whether defined as after 10.00pm or beyond the likely scheduled rise.</p>
answering member constituency Carshalton and Wallington remove filter
answering member printed Tom Brake more like this
grouped question UIN 10254 more like this
question first answered
less than 2015-10-12T16:41:55.233Zmore like thismore than 2015-10-12T16:41:55.233Z
answering member
151
label Biography information for Tom Brake more like this
tabling member
4432
label Biography information for Patrick Grady more like this
418962
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-09-15more like thismore than 2015-09-15
answering body
House of Commons Commission more like this
answering dept id 18 more like this
answering dept short name House of Commons Commission more like this
answering dept sort name House of Commons Commission more like this
hansard heading House of Commons: Working Hours more like this
house id 1 remove filter
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the Answer of 14 September 2015 to Question 9407, what the average cost per hour is of late sittings of the House. more like this
tabling member constituency Glasgow North more like this
tabling member printed
Patrick Grady more like this
uin 10254 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-10-12more like thismore than 2015-10-12
answer text <p>A late sitting can refer to either an occasion when the House sits beyond its likely scheduled rise (i.e. 10.30pm on Monday, 7.30pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, 5.30pm on Thursday); or whenever the House sits beyond 10.00pm.</p><p>Two types of payments are made to staff in order to support evening sittings, including late sittings: the Unsocial Hours Payment (UHP), an annual flat-rate allowance paid across the year to staff required to work to an unspecified time during evening sittings; and the Evening Additional Hours (EAH) payment which reflects the number of additional hours worked after 6pm, paid at a standard rate from 1800 to 2230 and at a higher rate after 2230. Additionally, in certain circumstances overtime may be paid to staff which may or may not be related to the House’s sitting hours. These payments are not reflected in this answer as the records do not indicate in which circumstances they were made to support late sittings. A late night taxi service is provided to staff who are required to work late; this service is only available after 2300.</p><p>Security staff are employed by the Metropolitan Police Service and are paid in accordance with their terms and conditions of employment.</p><p>The costs of UHP, EAH and the late night taxi service in each year since 2010–11 was as follows:</p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Unsocial Hours Allowance*</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Evening hours payment*</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Travel Costs</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Total Cost</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010–2011</p></td><td><p>£373,409.48</p></td><td><p>£473,171.13</p></td><td><p>£376,892.69</p></td><td><p>£1,223,473.29</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011–2012</p></td><td><p>£345,556.57</p></td><td><p>£503,810.57</p></td><td><p>£369,859.62</p></td><td><p>£1,219,226.77</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012–2013</p></td><td><p>£334,516.90</p></td><td><p>£433,007.60</p></td><td><p>£264,314.70</p></td><td><p>£1,031,839.20</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013–2014</p></td><td><p>£333,091.84</p></td><td><p>£412,079.02</p></td><td><p>£239,546.70</p></td><td><p>£984,717.56</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014–2015</p></td><td><p>£367,756.14</p></td><td><p>£341,638.12</p></td><td><p>£141,814.10</p></td><td><p>£851,208.36</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Total</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>£1,754,303.93</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>£2,163,706.44</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>£1,392,427.81</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>£5,310,465.18</strong></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>* Inclusive of NI and pension contributions</p><p>It is not possible meaningfully to equate these staffing costs related to evening sittings to an average overall cost per hour of late night sittings for two reasons: firstly, costs for other types of marginal expenditure related to late sittings, such as utilities charges, are not recorded separately; secondly, the staffing costs are paid to facilitate all sittings after 6.00pm, rather than “late” sittings specifically, whether defined as after 10.00pm or beyond the likely scheduled rise.</p>
answering member constituency Carshalton and Wallington remove filter
answering member printed Tom Brake more like this
grouped question UIN 10253 more like this
question first answered
less than 2015-10-12T16:41:55.33Zmore like thismore than 2015-10-12T16:41:55.33Z
answering member
151
label Biography information for Tom Brake more like this
tabling member
4432
label Biography information for Patrick Grady more like this
419569
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-09-17more like thismore than 2015-09-17
answering body
House of Commons Commission more like this
answering dept id 18 more like this
answering dept short name House of Commons Commission more like this
answering dept sort name House of Commons Commission more like this
hansard heading House of Commons: Pay more like this
house id 1 remove filter
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington representing the House of Commons Commission, how many people employed by the House of Commons (a) directly and (b) indirectly are not receiving a wage of at least £7.85 an hour. more like this
tabling member constituency Paisley and Renfrewshire North more like this
tabling member printed
Gavin Newlands more like this
uin 10568 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-10-12more like thismore than 2015-10-12
answer text <p>The House of Commons is an accredited London Living Wage Employer. In order to obtain our accreditation, the House has to satisfy the Living Wage Foundation that no directly employed or contracted workers engaged to work on the Parliamentary Estate are paid less than the London Living Wage (LLW), currently £9.15 an hour.</p><p>All contractors and their sub-contractors with staff based in London providing services to the House have agreed to pay at least the London Living Wage to those of their staff working on contracts for the House; or, in the case of staff working for contractors outside London, at least the Living Wage of £7.85 an hour. These contractual requirements are included within our Standard Terms and Conditions of Contract.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Carshalton and Wallington remove filter
answering member printed Tom Brake more like this
question first answered
less than 2015-10-12T09:15:38.883Zmore like thismore than 2015-10-12T09:15:38.883Z
answering member
151
label Biography information for Tom Brake more like this
tabling member
4420
label Biography information for Gavin Newlands more like this
767631
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2017-10-09more like thismore than 2017-10-09
answering body
House of Commons Commission more like this
answering dept id 18 more like this
answering dept short name House of Commons Commission more like this
answering dept sort name House of Commons Commission more like this
hansard heading Parliament: Broadband more like this
house id 1 remove filter
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the average broadband download speed is on the Parliamentary estate. more like this
tabling member constituency West Bromwich East more like this
tabling member printed
Tom Watson more like this
uin 106531 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2017-10-12more like thismore than 2017-10-12
answer text <p>The Parliamentary Estate provides users with a number of different broadband solutions with varying bandwidth based on usage and capacity requirements. These are listed below:</p><ul><li>Parliament’s main secure private network (PN) resilient internet connection = 2Gbps bandwidth</li><li>The secure ‘internet direct’ resilient wireless service = 400Mbps bandwidth</li><li>Broadband over a phone line = 5–7Mbps bandwidth</li></ul><p><br>The Digital Service takes action where possible to improve the broadband download speed across the Parliamentary Estate. However, due to the age and condition of the Palace of Westminster it is difficult to improve both the wiring that is available and to supplement the wireless connectivity.</p><p>The average download speeds on these services will vary as it depends on a number of factors such as the capability of the user’s device, the connection type (wired/wireless), the size of download, the current bandwidth utilisation on any given day and the volume of users/devices connected, as these internet services and bandwidths are shared with all users across the Parliamentary estate. Due to these factors, the Digital Service does not hold data relating to the average download speed.</p>
answering member constituency Carshalton and Wallington remove filter
answering member printed Tom Brake more like this
question first answered
less than 2017-10-12T13:02:06.14Zmore like thismore than 2017-10-12T13:02:06.14Z
answering member
151
label Biography information for Tom Brake more like this
tabling member
1463
label Biography information for Tom Watson more like this
768854
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2017-10-11more like thismore than 2017-10-11
answering body
House of Commons Commission more like this
answering dept id 18 more like this
answering dept short name House of Commons Commission more like this
answering dept sort name House of Commons Commission more like this
hansard heading Parliament: Food more like this
house id 1 remove filter
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, how much of the food and drink purchased by the (a) House of Commons and (b) UK Parliament is sourced from Scotland. more like this
tabling member constituency Motherwell and Wishaw more like this
tabling member printed
Marion Fellows more like this
uin 107080 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2017-10-23more like thismore than 2017-10-23
answer text <p>All individual products purchased in a specific delivery are fully traceable to source but the House Service does not hold aggregated the information in respect of sourcing from individual parts of the UK, and it could only be assembled at disproportionate cost.</p><p>The House Service sources products that meet UK or equivalent standards of production and which are produced with higher environmental standards where possible. In the last financial year, spend on food and drinks in the House of Commons was £3,188,504 and Commons and Lords combined was £4,604,216. Products included in this spend come from various parts of the UK, including Scotland, and additionally from overseas.</p><p>The House Service would welcome more suppliers from Scotland expressing an interest in offering their products through our procurement portal.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Carshalton and Wallington remove filter
answering member printed Tom Brake more like this
question first answered
less than 2017-10-23T10:22:59.863Zmore like thismore than 2017-10-23T10:22:59.863Z
answering member
151
label Biography information for Tom Brake more like this
tabling member
4440
label Biography information for Marion Fellows more like this
769016
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2017-10-11more like thismore than 2017-10-11
answering body
House of Commons Commission more like this
answering dept id 18 more like this
answering dept short name House of Commons Commission more like this
answering dept sort name House of Commons Commission more like this
hansard heading Big Ben: Repairs and Maintenance more like this
house id 1 remove filter
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what material has been used in the scaffolding for the renovation work on the Elizabeth Tower; and what the country of origin was of that material. more like this
tabling member constituency Aberavon more like this
tabling member printed
Stephen Kinnock more like this
uin 107189 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2017-10-18more like thismore than 2017-10-18
answer text <p>A modular scaffolding system is being used for the refurbishment of the Elizabeth Tower. A UK sub-contractor is erecting the modular system, which is made from high tensile galvanised steel supplied from Germany, through a UK-based company.</p><p>The modular scaffolding system is supported by a steelwork gantry. The steelwork for the gantry has been procured through a UK manufacturer (Sir Robert McAlpine’s sub-contractor). The origin of the majority of the steel is British, but due to the quantity and size of the components required it has been necessary to source some steel from overseas suppliers, including in Brazil and the United Arab Emirates.</p><p>All of the steelwork structures have been assembled in the UK.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Carshalton and Wallington remove filter
answering member printed Tom Brake more like this
question first answered
less than 2017-10-18T17:05:46.693Zmore like thismore than 2017-10-18T17:05:46.693Z
answering member
151
label Biography information for Tom Brake more like this
tabling member
4359
label Biography information for Stephen Kinnock more like this
773258
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2017-10-18more like thismore than 2017-10-18
answering body
House of Commons Commission more like this
answering dept id 18 more like this
answering dept short name House of Commons Commission more like this
answering dept sort name House of Commons Commission more like this
hansard heading Parliamentary Estate: Vending Machines more like this
house id 1 remove filter
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many vending machines there are on the parliamentary estate; and what proportion of the items in those machines have (a) low or no and (b) high sugar content. more like this
tabling member constituency Leicester East more like this
tabling member printed
Keith Vaz more like this
uin 108419 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2017-10-25more like thismore than 2017-10-25
answer text <p>The House of Commons has ten vending machines provided by an external contractor:</p><ul><li><p>4 hot beverage machines</p></li><li><p>6 chilled snack and cold beverage machines</p></li></ul><p>In the majority of the chilled snack and cold beverage machines, out of 16 drinks items approximately 80% are lower sugar items; and out of 22 snack items approximately 50% are lower sugar items. It is more difficult to quantify for the products in the hot beverage machines, because the raw coffee or tea product can be turned into multiple finished products and purchasers can add sugar. However, based on the raw product alone, the hot beverage machines have a minimum of 66% low or no sugar products.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Carshalton and Wallington remove filter
answering member printed Tom Brake more like this
question first answered
less than 2017-10-25T16:27:22.7Zmore like thismore than 2017-10-25T16:27:22.7Z
answering member
151
label Biography information for Tom Brake more like this
tabling member
338
label Biography information for Keith Vaz more like this
776272
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2017-10-23more like thismore than 2017-10-23
answering body
House of Commons Commission more like this
answering dept id 18 more like this
answering dept short name House of Commons Commission more like this
answering dept sort name House of Commons Commission more like this
hansard heading Big Ben: Iron and Steel more like this
house id 1 remove filter
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether the decision on procuring steel for the refurbishment of the Elizabeth Tower was made with reference to the provisions of the Public Service (Social Value) Act 2012. more like this
tabling member constituency Oldham West and Royton more like this
tabling member printed
Jim McMahon more like this
uin 109191 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2017-10-26more like thismore than 2017-10-26
answer text <p>The Public Service (Social Value) Act 2012 requires a relevant authority buying services to consider how what is being procured might improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of the “relevant area”. Parliament does not have a “relevant area” for the purposes of the Act, and therefore the Act’s provisions cannot formally be applied to Parliamentary contracts. Parliament does, however, have a Sustainable Purchasing Policy which sets a range of social, economic and environmental objectives which must be considered whenever procuring contracts with third party suppliers. Objectives of this kind are included in the terms and conditions of parliamentary contracts and any relevant outcomes and performance measures are monitored and reported during contract delivery.</p><p>The House Service awards contracts, including maintenance works, on the basis of the most economically advantageous tender in accordance with the statutory regime set out in the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 prohibit Parliament from insisting on the use of products “of a specific origin”. It would therefore have been unlawful to impose a requirement for the material used to be British. The contract for the refurbishment of the Elizabeth Tower, which was awarded to Sir Robert McAlpine, requires that they procure services, supplies and works in order to achieve the most economically advantageous outcome to ensure completion of the contract.</p>
answering member constituency Carshalton and Wallington remove filter
answering member printed Tom Brake more like this
question first answered
less than 2017-10-26T15:34:25.607Zmore like thismore than 2017-10-26T15:34:25.607Z
answering member
151
label Biography information for Tom Brake more like this
tabling member
4569
label Biography information for Jim McMahon more like this
776907
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2017-10-24more like thismore than 2017-10-24
answering body
House of Commons Commission more like this
answering dept id 18 more like this
answering dept short name House of Commons Commission more like this
answering dept sort name House of Commons Commission more like this
hansard heading Anniversaries: Scotland more like this
house id 1 remove filter
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, if the Commission will take steps to mark the 375th anniversary of the signing of the Solemn League and Covenant by both Houses of Parliament and the Scottish commissioners on 25 September 1643. more like this
tabling member constituency Preston more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Mark Hendrick more like this
uin 109300 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2017-11-06more like thismore than 2017-11-06
answer text <p>Parliament has no plans to mark the 375th anniversary of the Solemn League and Covenant. A check of Parliamentary records suggests that we have not marked such anniversaries in the past. In 2018 Parliament will celebrate the centenary of the passing of the Representation of the People Act, as well as commemorating 100 years since the end of the First World War. Parliament has a busy schedule of activities throughout 2018 to engage the public in the role of Parliament through these anniversaries.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Carshalton and Wallington remove filter
answering member printed Tom Brake more like this
question first answered
less than 2017-11-06T14:12:49.177Zmore like thismore than 2017-11-06T14:12:49.177Z
answering member
151
label Biography information for Tom Brake more like this
tabling member
473
label Biography information for Sir Mark Hendrick more like this