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Continuing debate on Palace of Westminster urgent repairs.

24 November 2017

With repairs to the Palace of Westminster becoming "increasingly urgent", the House of Commons has set 11 January 2018 as the date to debate the best way to carry out the significant works.

Concerns were first raised in 2012, when the publication of a pre-feasibility study showed that major and irreversible damage to the building would result without major repairs and restoration.

These works will involve a significant number of FM service providers, but this will require agreement on the best approach.

It is expected that the government will call for a sponsor board and delivery authority to be established.

The three options under consideration are said to include both Houses being relocated for the duration of the works, a partial move with one House moving and one remaining.

In addition to these two, a third option is for a partial presence to be retained in Parliament throughout the works, possibly within Westminster Hall.

Prior to this, however, the government has said it will have to consider the risks, costs and benefits of the various options, which are likely to be outlined by the new sponsor board.

Once both Houses reach agreement with the recommendations of the board, this will then finally be put forward for design and delivery.

After the House of Commons debate has been held, it is expected that the House of Lords will hold another soon after.

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