MPs May Vacate Parliament For Six Years

MPs May Vacate Parliament For Six Years

A six-year fix plan would require the two houses of parliament to vacate the premises as renovations, including electrical improvements and masonry repairs, are made at the iconic building formally known as the Palace of Westminster.

She said: "This is the Budget MPs will be asked to sign off".

It said the "current patch and mend approach to maintaining the palace is no longer sustainable and recommends that a major programme of works is now essential, and that Parliament must enable the next stage of urgent and vital preparatory work to go ahead so as to minimise costs and reduce further risks".

The committee rejected more expensive options, like trying to carry out fix work without the MPs leaving the building, or completing renovations in stages, with each chamber moving out in turn.

Prime Minister Theresa May's representatives said the government would consider and respond to the report, but did not set a timetable for repairs.

A study by Deloitte past year highlighted the appalling condition of the Palace, with potentially deadly fire risks, collapsing roofs, crumbling walls, leaking pipes and large quantities of asbestos.

QEII Centre chief executive Mark Taylor told CN: "Questions relating to the renovation of the Palace of Westminster are a matter for Parliament".

The committee said that while the work, expected to begin in the early 2020s, is carried out, the House of Commons should relocate to the nearby Department of Health's building, where a temporary chamber would be built in an inner courtyard.

Chris Bryant, a Labour member of the Parliament on the committee, said: "All the evidence points to having to move out of the whole Palace simultaneously".

Politicians should work elsewhere for six years to allow for a comprehensive reworking of the 19th Century building's vast network of electrical and mechanical systems, many of which date back to the 1940s and are no longer fit for objective, a senior parliamentary committee says. It is a big decision. "But it is also an opportunity to preserve something that is really important to us as a nation and our identity", Stowell said. "We need to do a great deal more in fire compartmentation".

A study by Deloitte Real Estate last year laid out three options, taking between six and 32 years. "What I think is perfectly reasonable is for the Government to stand back and wait for Parliament to express its view on what is a national building and then give it's view".

The committee rejected more expensive options of trying to carry out fix work without leaving the building.

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