Lords House Committee agree to comission detailed study of options for regeneration and renewal of the Palace of Westminster

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 of Lords House Committee yesterday agreed to publish a Study Group report (PDF PDF 1.22 MB) 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 proceed 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 has 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 and a timeline of previous changes to the Palace of Westminster can be found online at a new area of the parliament website.

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

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