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Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal

31 October 2012

The House of Lords House Committee yesterday agreed to publish a Study Group report on options to undertake the essential refurbishment of the Palace of Westminster, including a possible temporary relocation of Parliament. 

The House Committee also decided to ask officials to commission a fully costed appraisal of all the options that retain the Palace of Westminster as the long-term home of Parliament and as an iconic building for the nation. They ruled out the idea of a new permanent Parliamentary building elsewhere.

The Committee welcomed the thorough and comprehensive report of the Study Group and noted that there had never previously been a general refurbishment of the Palace since it was opened in the 1850s. 

Details of the Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal project including a Q&A, a timeline of previous changes to the Palace of Westminster and images that illustrate the condition of the Palace can be found online on a new area of Parliament's website:

Following the House Committee’s decision Lord Sewel, Chairman of Committees, made a Written Ministerial Statement to the House.

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