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unstar this property answer text <p>‘Restoration’ has been taken to include work currently underway on the Estate to restore or conserve areas of the historic building fabric, including but not limited to the restoration work in Westminster Hall and the Encaustic Tile project. It does not include the estimated costs of the Restoration and Renewal Programme. ‘Repair’ includes project works underway on the estate but does not include general day to day maintenance. Fire protection work costs are based on the Fire Life Safety Works Programme.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p>Palace of Westminster</p></td><td><p>Millbank House</p></td><td><p>Fielden House</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Restoration</p></td><td><p>External Courtyards Conservation work (Phase 1) current approved cost: £20.2m; Westminster Hall current approved cost: £12.1m (subject to review); Elizabeth Tower current approved cost: £61.1m (subject to review); Cast Iron Roofs current approved cost: £84.4m; Encaustic Tiles current approved cost: £14.3m.</p></td><td><p>There is no restoration work currently underway.</p></td><td><p>There is no restoration work currently underway.</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Repair</p></td><td><p>Works to the Palace in 2017/18 totalled £2m; works in 2018/19 are forecast to cost £2.8m.</p></td><td><p>Works to 5 Great College Street and its integration into Millbank House total £42.9m.</p></td><td><p>Planning is underway for the refurbishment of Fielden House. Surveying work is expected to commence in December 2018. The surveying working is required to finalise the business case. Until it is finalised it is not possible to provide an estimate.</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Fire Protection</p></td><td><p>The approved business cases forecast expenditure of £90m for fire safety work underway in the Palace of Westminster. The forecast expenditure of a project within the Fire Safety programme is currently being revised.</p></td><td><p>The cost of fire protection in the Great College Street area of Millbank House has been integrated into the project itself and therefore is included in the repair figure above. The cost of Fire Protection in 1&amp;2 Millbank is currently forecast at £1.6m excluding risk and optimism bias (OB) and £2.1m including risk and OB.</p></td><td><p>The cost of making Fielden House Fire Life Safety compliant will form part of the refurbishment project. Therefore, it is not possible currently to confirm how much it will cost.</p></td></tr></tbody></table>
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less than 2018-12-04T13:10:58.93Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-04T13:10:58.93Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Foulkes of Cumnock more like this
1006656
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unstar this property answer text <p>There are no plans to remove OneDrive from Members. A configuration change made to the OneDrive service designed to enhance parliamentary information security had an unintended impact on the ability of Members to use OneDrive. This change has now been reversed and we are grateful to the noble Lord and others for drawing this to our attention.</p> more like this
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less than 2018-11-20T15:31:59.637Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-20T15:31:59.637Z
unstar this property answering member 4148
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Clark of Windermere more like this
1006673
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unstar this property answer text <p>ERS, Kanto Elect and UK Engage responded to the invitation to tender. ERS was the successful applicant.</p> more like this
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less than 2018-11-26T15:41:56.83Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-26T15:41:56.83Z
unstar this property answering member 4148
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Grocott more like this
1006674
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unstar this property answer text <p>The costs are paid per by-election. Costs vary according to the number of electors. The current cost of a whole House by-election is £1440; a Labour or Liberal Democrat by-election costs £570, and a Conservative or Crossbench by-election costs £600; all costs are inclusive of VAT. This is in addition to the cost of House of Lords staff time spent organising the by-election which forms part of their normal duties and is not costed separately.</p> more like this
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less than 2018-11-26T15:41:39.057Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-26T15:41:39.057Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Grocott more like this
1006675
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unstar this property answer text <p>A member of the relevant party or group is appointed to act as scrutineer at each count, and this will happen on 28 November when the votes (all of which will be cast by post) will be counted. There is no count on 27 November. There are no plans to make further arrangements to enable more members of the House to observe the count of the votes cast.</p> more like this
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less than 2018-11-26T15:41:08.923Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-26T15:41:08.923Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Grocott more like this
1006676
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unstar this property answer text <p>There are no plans to provide for members of the media to be present to witness the count on 28 November. There is no count on 27 November.</p> more like this
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less than 2018-11-26T15:39:14.12Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-26T15:39:14.12Z
unstar this property answering member 4148
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Grocott more like this
1006677
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unstar this property answer text <p>The arrangements for hustings are a matter for the party or group concerned.</p> more like this
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less than 2018-11-26T15:40:46.04Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-26T15:40:46.04Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Grocott more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>Abingdon Green is owned by the House of Commons but day to day access is delegated by the Clerk of the House to Black Rod. Current policy is to allow public access to the Green to enable them to pass through on the paths or to use it as a recreational space. Because of the unique views that the Green affords to Parliament, we also allow the media to use the Green for the contemporaneous news reporting of events within Parliament on the basis that this is an important way of communicating to the public the political issues that are taking place. We do not permit protests or campaigning on the Green.</p><p>There are occasions when events in Parliament create exceptional media activity and demand for broadcasting space on the Green. When this occurs, we conduct a careful assessment on whether to prioritise broadcasting over public access and where the balance of public interest lies. Although we prefer to maintain dual use of the Green by public and media, on some occasions we assess that reporting from the Green must be prioritised and that it is necessary to close it to the public for safety reasons. Not to do so would limit the ability of a wide section of the broadcast media, both national, international and radio to provide high quality coverage of unfolding events in Parliament and interview the politicians involved in a secure manner.</p><p>Regarding a permanent media centre, no consideration is currently being given to this. Most media (including broadcast) arrangements are covered through the existing press lobby arrangements. Under this, nominated members of the media are accredited with membership of the Press Gallery and allocated desk space within the House of Commons and given press passes which allow access to the building. This is a long standing arrangement administered by the House of Commons with well understood rules which enables open media access to Parliament to be maintained within manageable levels.</p><p>Additionally, as well as Abingdon Green, there are broadcast points within both Houses which are used by UK domestic broadcasters for the reporting of Parliamentary business.</p><p><strong> </strong></p>
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less than 2018-11-28T13:58:06.72Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-28T13:58:06.72Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Hylton more like this
1013199
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unstar this property answer text <p>The Senior Deputy Speaker has asked me, as Chairman of the Services Committee, to respond on his behalf.</p><p>As registered food premises, the House of Lords catering facilities are subject to inspections from Westminster City Council (WCC). At the last inspection in November 2017, the Environmental Health Officer from WCC Food Safety Team awarded the highest rating of 5 for all House of Lords catering outlets in the Palace of Westminster; Millbank House facilities were inspected in November 2016 and also received a 5 rating. It is a recommendation but not a legal requirement to display the food hygiene rating sticker. The House of Lords rating stickers are currently displayed in the River Restaurant and Millbank House Cafeteria.</p> more like this
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less than 2018-11-29T11:48:49.817Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-29T11:48:49.817Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Storey more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The Government recognises the importance of effective and timely handling of correspondence with members of the House of Lords. Government departments should aim to provide a substantive response to routine correspondence within a maximum of 20 working days. However, sometimes circumstances dictate that it will not be possible to provide a response within this timeframe. In such instances, departments are advised to issue a ‘holding’ response until a more substantive response can be provided.</p><p>The Cabinet Office publishes an annual report detailing departmental performance in the handling of correspondence from members of both Houses. Lord Young of Cookham set out the 2017 performance figures in a Written Statement on 26 June 2018 (HLWS771). The 2018 performance figures will be published in summer 2019.</p> more like this
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less than 2018-12-10T16:30:31.02Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-10T16:30:31.02Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Greaves more like this