The Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill had its committee stage, the first chance for detailed line-by-line examination, in the Lords on Monday 22 July.
Members discussed a range of subjects, including:
- the promotion of public understanding and engagement with the Restoration and Renewal Programme
- the protection of the historic fabric of the Palace of Westminster and its status as a World Heritage Site
- the duty of Delivery Authority to publish a report on steps being taken to ensure disabled access across the restored Parliamentary Estate.
Report stage, a further chance to examine the bill and make changes, is scheduled for 3 September.
Lords second reading: Monday 8 July
Members discussed a range of subjects, including the establishment of the works sponsor body, access for disabled people and protection of the Palace's heritage.
Baroness Evans of Bowes Park (Conservative), the bill's sponsor in the Lords and leader of the House, opened the debate.
Motion to regret
Lord Adonis (Labour) proposed a motion to regret that the bill does not include the option to relocate Parliament to a city outside London as a means of rebalancing the constitution, which is over-centralised on London.
If agreed, the motion would not have stopped the bill, but provided an opportunity for the House to put its opinion on record.
The motion was discussed in the main debate rather than as a separate item, but not put to a vote.
Committee stage, the first chance for detailed line-by-line scrutiny, is yet to be scheduled.
Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill summary
This bill aims to:
- establish the statutory bodies that will be responsible for the works for the restoration and renewal of buildings within the Parliamentary estate
- establish the governance structure within which those bodies will operate.
Image: House of Lords 2019 / Photography by Roger Harris