NEWS REPORT: It's not London Bridge that's falling down...



...It's the palace of Westminster.  A report, published today (18/06/2015) has set out a number of different options for the major restoration of the Houses of Parliament.  The issue of the building's restoration has been relevant for some time; in 2012 a report said that if nothing was done, parliament could suffer "major, irreversible damage" and last year John Bercow, speaker of the Commons, warned that the project could cost over £1bn, a figure that looks very conservative given today's report.

If MPs and peers were to stay occupying the building, then fully restoring it could cost up to £5.7bn and take 32 years.  However, if they moved out it would take only 6 years at a lower cost of £3.5bn.

But where would they go?

The Queen Elizabeth II conference centre has been tipped as a likely favourite to house MPs if they move out.  The building is owned by the government and plays host to private company conferences with over 400 meetings each year.

The Birmingham library has also been suggested.  This option appears to be a particular favourite of MPs from the West Midlands, and as the building currently hosts conferences and meetings it could be a good choice.

Other locations that have been suggested include the Olympic Park media centre, Manchester Town Hall and even Buckingham palace.


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