£3bn restoration of Parliament delayed by snap election
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.”