Joint Committee on the Palace of Westminster

Restoration and Renewal of the Palace of Westminster consultation

Inquiry status: open

Call for Evidence launched 30 November 2015, closing date for submission is 22 January 2016.

Scope of the inquiry

The Committee is currently focusing on two main areas:

  • The broad scope of the work to be carried out. The proposed work includes replacement of the building’s mechanical and electrical plant, improved fire-safety measures, conservation of the external stonework, and conservation of the heritage fabric of the interior of the building. There is the potential to go further, and deliver long-term improvements which make the Palace more accessible, provide better visitor facilities and have the potential to enable the building to be used more efficiently.
  • How the work should be delivered. Whether Parliament should remain onsite for the duration of the works (which would take several decades) or whether to relocate some or all of the functions of Parliament temporarily to another location in central London and aim to complete the work in a shorter period.

As a first stage in its inquiry, the Committee is seeking views on these two strategic issues. The Committee is not, at this stage, looking at detailed designs for the restored Palace of Westminster.

Terms of reference: Joint Committee consultation on restoration and renewal of Palace of Westminster Send a written submission

Latest evidence

No evidence has been published by the committee yet.

Next meeting(s)

There are currently no public meetings scheduled.


Background information

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