Transcript: House of Lords, 3 March 2010
Palace of Westminster:
Question Asked By Baroness Finlay of Llandaff
Baroness Finlay of Llandaff: … How many calls have there been to the mouse helpline? Has the accuracy of that information been checked, given that the staff report seeing mice on a daily basis at the moment in the eating areas? Has consideration been given to having hypoallergenic cats on the estate, given the history? Miss Wilson, when she was a resident superintendent in this Palace, had a cat that apparently caught up to 60 mice a night. The corpses were then swept up in the morning. Finally, does the noble Lord recognise the fire hazard that mice pose, because they eat through insulating cables? It would be a tragedy for this beautiful Palace to burn down for lack of a cat.
The Chairman of Committees: My Lords, there are a number of questions there. I cannot give an answer to the number of calls made to the mouse helpline-if that is its title. I suspect that it would not be a good use of resources to count them up. … As for getting a cat … I was not aware that such a thing as a hypoallergenic cat existed …
House of Lords, 3 Mar 2010 (pt 0001)
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