General Questions in relation to Parliament Buildings

26 February 2009

How many toilets do you have in Parliament Buildings?

There are 91 toilets within Parliament Buildings, located over 6 floors.

What capacity are the cisterns and if they’re on automatic flushes how often do they flush?

A typical toilet pan cistern, similar to those in Parliament Buildings, would have a capacity of between 9 and 13 litres. Water saving devices for the toilets has been installed in a few cisterns on the Basement and Ground floors as a trial, to ensure that they are compatible, before this is rolled out to the rest of the building.

Typical urinal cisterns have a 7.5 Litre capacity, and there are wat er saving flush systems fitted in the following male toilets,

1) 4th floor east 1 set

2) 3rd floor east and west

3) 2nd floor east and west

4) 1st floor east and west

5) Ground floor 3 sets

6) Basement 2 sets

The flushes have motion sensors and detect when the urinal has been used and after a period of 15 minutes it flushes. This ensures that at night time the units are not activated.

How many toilet rolls did you use in the financial year 2007-2008?

The Northern Ireland Assembly currently have a contract with Eurest for the provision of Support Services. On a monthly basis, Eurest would source toilet rolls as part of their Cleaning consumable cost. However, the Assembly is only charged on a consumption basis. Therefore, please find figures below that highlight the number of toilet rolls the Assembly actually used during the last financial year 2007/08.

Month Quantity (Rolls) Total (£)
Apr-07 960 £300.00
May-07 1488 £413.54
Jun-07 1920 £600.00
Jul-07 0 £0.00
Aug-07 0 £0.00
Sep-07 1350 £364.50
Oct-07 1710 £461.70
Nov-07 2304 £621.60
Dec-07
Jan-08 1344 £373.52
Feb-08 960 £266.80
Mar-08 1776 £493.58



Total 13812 £3,895.24

 

Please note that figures for November 2007 and December 2007 are combined

How much hand soap did you use in litres in the financial year 07- 08?

The Northern Ireland Assembly currently have a contract with Eurest for the provision of Support Services. On a monthly basis, Eurest would source soap as part of their cleaning consumable cost. However, the Assembly is only charged on a consumption basis. Therefore, please find figures below that highlight the quantity (litres) of soap the Assembly actually used during the last financial year 2007/08.

Month Quantity (Litres) Total (£)
Apr-07 11 £53.79
May-07 35 £142.03
Jun-07 0 0
Jul-07 6 £208.02
Aug-07 7 £40.39
Sep-07 41 £69.20
Oct-07 62 £337.94
Nov-07 60 £186.72
Dec-07
Jan-08 18 £73.04
Feb-08 19 £68.57
Mar-08 29 £109.15



Total 288 £1,288.85

 

Please note that figures for November 2007 and December 2007 are combined
The overall total of £1288.85 includes Soap of various quality and price.

If you can calculate the number of litres of water that were flushed during 2007-08?

Although the Northern Ireland Assembly had a water meter installed at the end of August 2007 it is not possible to determine how much water has been used in flushing for 2007 to 2008 to date.

How many members of staff work in Parliament Buildings?

There are currently 329 members of staff working in Parliament Buildings.

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