Tag Archives: Palace of Westminster

Maintaining the Palace of Westminster

Three years ago I asked a question about the cost of repairing and maintaining the Palace of Westminster in the period leading up to the expected decant of the Palace for the Restoration and Renewal Programme.   The annual cost of … Continue reading

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The challenge facing Parliament in 2021

The restoration and renewal of the Palace of Westminster remains a major issue, the latest possibility being touted that, in order to reduce costs, the two Houses should share the same building after they have decanted the Palace.  I can … Continue reading

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The constitutional implications of COVID-19

The Constitution Committee of the House of Lords is presently undertaking two inquiries.  One, which started last year, is examining the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011.  Regular readers will be aware that I have variously written on the implications of the … Continue reading

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The unclubbable Prime Minister

In my earlier post on the importance of informal space in Parliament, I noted that, ‘as the examples of Edward Heath and Margaret Thatcher demonstrate, party leaders cannot afford to neglect informal space.  Theresa May is not a natural when … Continue reading

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Restoration and renewal: moving out of the Palace

In January, the House of Commons debated whether to decant the Palace during the years when the essential restoration and renewal of the Palace is undertaken.  It agreed, by 236 votes to 220, to a full, rather than a partial, … Continue reading

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Restoration and renewal of the Palace of Westminster: the cost of delay

I have just received the answer to a question I tabled about what was the earliest date the two Houses could decant the Palace of Westminster if both Houses voted for that option and what was the estimated cost to the public purse of … Continue reading

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Delaying restoration and renewal

I have previously posted about the need for both Houses to decant the Palace of Westminster in order for the restoration and renewal (R&R) programme to be undertaken.  With each passing week, the Palace shows more signs of its ageing infrastructure.  This is apparent … Continue reading

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A tragic week

The security services do a remarkable job and have managed to prevent a number of attacks on Parliament.  There is always the danger that one or more will succeed.  Wednesday saw such an attack, with a tragic loss of lives.   Whenever … Continue reading

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Moving out of the Palace

Last September, the Joint Committee on the Restoration and Renewal of the Palace of Westminster issued its report.  It drew attention to the fact that, although the Palace of Westminster is structurally sound, the building’s mechanical and electrical services – … Continue reading

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Mail in the Palace

At the beginning of each year, I put down a Question asking how many items of correspondence were received in the Palace of Westminster in the previous year.   I have received the answer for 2012.  A total of 2,544,019 items were received.  … Continue reading

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