The Evening Standard report:

Where is Larry the Downing Street cat when you need him? New figures show Parliament is spending almost £6,000 per month trying to control pests such as rats and mice.

According to a Freedom of Information response the total spend during the last financial year on pest control for the Houses of Parliament (and we’re not talking about the 650 MPs) rose to £73,552.

As well as traps for rats and mice there is also a hawk that patrols Westminster to scare off pigeons which costs nearly £14,000 a year.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.