The ten things British MPs need to do to change a light bulb!

December 18th, 2007 - 7:37 pm ICT by admin  

London, Dec 18 (ANI): Changing a light bulb is no easy task if you are a British MP, for members of the House of Commons just had a 10-point guide issued to them that has to be followed in case they ever have to switch bulbs.

The official step-by-step guide has suggested using protective gloves, a mask, a sturdy box, a brush, a stiff card, a damp cloth, tape, labels and a pen to get rid of the old bulb.

It said a protective mask and gloves should be donned before opening the sturdy box. Using the gloves, they are to pick up large fragments and put them in the box, along with splinters swept up on a stiff card.

The MP should then clear the area using a damp cloth, before putting the cloth in the box.

They must then seal the box with tape, label it with a pen and pass it to a waste disposal officer.

The House of Commons Commission, which is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Parliamentary estate, has provided the 10-point plan.

Lib Dem Nick Harvey, spokesman for the commission, issued the guide in response to an official inquiry from David Davies, Tory MP for Monmouth in South Wales.

Davies had asked him to clarify what should be done in the event of finding environmentally friendly light bulbs which have been broken.

Harvey said the light bulb became a concern after a colleague hurt himself with a shard of glass.

“There had been an incident where a light bulb had been broken and placed in a waste paper bin. Someone had picked it out and cut their finger. When broken, these sorts of environmental bulbs do spread glass and dust and a question was put forward seeking clarification on the correct procedure. If Mr Davies feels the need to ask what to do, I have a duty to try and help him,” The Daily Record quoted Harvey, as saying.

But Davies said that he is still in the dark over broken bulbs and that he might ask Harvey for further clarification.

“I heard there was mercury in these bulbs and assumed there would be a special way of handling them. The response was lengthy but it still didn’t touch on the mercury. I may well go back to it another time,” Davies said.

Harvey said: “Such devices have existed in Portcullis House, where there were complaints from MPs working late in the evening that they were plunged into darkness at their desk because they had not moved sufficiently to trigger the infra-red sensors.” (ANI)

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