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

May I just finish addressing some of the issues that have been raised?

Some Members have asked whether we could move one Chamber at a time. Anyone who has visited the basement, as many Members have, will have seen all the wires and pipes. When the new technology was put in place, it was a patchwork effect. For example, the wi-fi was just slapped on, alongside the pipes. Those systems run along the whole building. Fires and floods do not respect any boundaries between the House of Lords in the House of Commons; for them, this is just one building, so if work has to be done, it has to be done to the whole building.