Exterior Refurbishment

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th June 1991.

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Photo of Mr Simon Coombs Mr Simon Coombs , Swindon 12:00 am, 24th June 1991

To ask the Lord President of the Council if he will make a statement on progress in refurbishing the exterior of the Palace of Westminster.

Photo of Mr Simon Coombs Mr Simon Coombs , Swindon

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the general public are extremely pleased with the progress that has been made in improving the exterior of the Palace? Are there any plans to continue the work in the interior courtyard to improve the view for the staff?

Photo of Mr John MacGregor Mr John MacGregor Chair, Privileges Committee, Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House Lords (Privy Council Office), Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons (Privy Council Office), Chair, Privileges Committee

I very much agree with my hon. Friend. The work has greatly enhanced this part of London and an historic building and it is widely appreciated. It is intensive work and must be undertaken at times that cause the least inconvenience to Members of both Houses.

We intend to draw up plans and agree them with both Houses before the Victoria Tower work is completed, so that the work on the interior courtyards can follow without a break. It will be expensive and will involve a good deal of disruption, so it may take a considerable time.