MPs May Vacate Parliament For Six Years

MPs may have to vacate the Houses of Parliament for six years to allow for a multi-billion pound refurbishment, a committee will recommend. 

A senior parliamentary committee is to suggest they move to nearby Department of Health and the Lords conference centre, as early as 2020.

Repairs are due to the Parliament buildings, which contain asbestos and outdated cabling, and are party sinking. Parliament would have to approve the decision.

A report last year said that if MPs stayed in place, the renovation would cost £5.7bn and take 32 years, whereas if they moved, the repairs would take six years and cost £5.7bn.

A 2012 report said the building could suffer “major, irreversible damage” without work. It has been sixty years since Parliament’s last major refurbishment. 

MPs were relocated to the Lords between 1941 and 1950, after the House of Commons was bombed. 

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