£3bn restora­tion of Par­lia­ment de­layed by snap elec­tion

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THE £3bn restora­tion of the Houses of Par­lia­ment, which is likely to see MPS move out of their his­toric home for at least six years, has been de­layed fur­ther by Theresa May’s snap elec­tion, writes Iain Withers.

A lit­tle-known deal to al­low MPS in the next par­lia­ment to make maiden speeches in the crum­bling Grade Ilisted build­ing be­fore leav­ing means works could be put back.

Prior to Ms May’s sum­mer poll the next par­lia­ment was slated for 2020, but it is now 2022 – bar an­other vote. Last au­tumn a com­mit­tee of MPS and peers de­manded work start “as soon as pos­si­ble”, warn­ing of the risk of an “im­pend­ing cri­sis” such as a ma­jor fire. It ear­marked 2023 for the start of works.

A source close to the project told trade magazine Build­ing the poll had none the less put back the pro­gramme. SNP MP Neil Gray said: “The gen­eral public … wouldn’t care about who makes their maiden speech where.”

A par­lia­men­tary spokesman said: “Sub­ject to the de­ci­sion of both Houses, we would aim to com­plete the work strad­dling two par­lia­men­tary terms.”

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