Restoration and Renewal (Report of the Joint Committee)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:29 pm on 31st January 2018.

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Photo of Valerie Vaz Valerie Vaz Shadow Leader of the House of Commons 4:29 pm, 31st January 2018

I will come to the issue of what will happen about a debating Chamber on this site, but I am afraid I must tell the hon. Gentleman that the link might be broken through factors beyond our control. We would be forced to leave if there were a fire, or any other act of God.

I thank the former Leader of the House, Mr Lidington, who did try to find time for a debate. As I said earlier, the PAC’s report was published in March—I emphasise that date—and I then had a conversation with the right hon. Gentleman, who was very keen to get the debate going, but what we had not realised was that the hills were alive with the sound of a general election. As a result of the election, the response to the report was not made by the Government.