Palace of Westminster (Restoration and Renewal)

House of Commons Commission – in the House of Commons at 9:30 am on 9th July 2015.

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Photo of Douglas Carswell Douglas Carswell UKIP, Clacton 9:30 am, 9th July 2015

If the Commission will encourage hon. Members to choose the cheapest option available to the public purse for the restoration and renewal of the Palace of Westminster.

Photo of Paul Beresford Paul Beresford Conservative, Mole Valley

The Commission is obviously always deeply concerned about cost, quality and the need to make a full assessment of the options. The Leader of the House is a member of the Commission and he will take the report to the Joint Committee.

Photo of Douglas Carswell Douglas Carswell UKIP, Clacton

When Portcullis House was built, the final bill way exceeded the initial cost estimates. What responsibility will the Commission take to ensure that that does not happen on an even bigger scale?

Photo of Paul Beresford Paul Beresford Conservative, Mole Valley

Clearly, the answer will be a combination of the assessment that will be made and the normal following of procedures to try to stop that happening. I am very aware of that issue as a member of the Commission, and as the hon. Gentleman will know from my background, I do not like overruns.