Battersea Dogs and Cats home has been trying to get Parliament to adopt a rescue cat since 2014 and suggests rehoming one could save thousands of pounds of public money spent on pest control.

The charity first approached Parliament three years ago when it emerged it spent a whopping £73,552 on pest control during the 2012/13 financial year. MPs have been calling for a solution after another mouse infestation in the Houses of Parliament, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home has again offered its services to organise a rescue cat as a solution to the problem.

Battersea’s head of catteries Lindsey Quinlan said: “Battersea has been hearing persistent reports of mice scuttling around the Houses of Parliament for several years now, and the latest figures released clearly demonstrate that tax payers are funding a rising cost for pest control in our Government buildings.

“Battersea has over 130 years in rehoming rescue cats, and was the first choice for Downing Street, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, and the Cabinet Office when they sought our mousers to help with their own rogue rodents.

“We’d be more than happy to help the Houses of Parliament recruit their own chief mousers to eliminate their pest problem and restore order in the historic corridors of power.”

We think it’s a great idea .