Restoration and Renewal (Report of the Joint Committee)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:20 pm on 31st January 2018.

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Photo of Kevin Barron Kevin Barron Chair, Committee on Standards, Chair, Committee on Privileges 6:20 pm, 31st January 2018

No, because other people want to speak.

Last night, the HS2 Bill was debated in this Chamber. In 2010, it was estimated that it would cost £32.7 billion, and then it went up to £55.7 billion. In 2016, the National Audit Office said it had a running cost overrun of some £7 billion, and most people on the Conservative Benches voted in favour of it. I can tell Mr Hayes, who is no longer in his place, about the cost overrun on most things—you know about them if you get somebody in to build an extension on your building. They cannot put in a bathroom without cost overruns. It is about time that this House took the right decision and sorted itself out. Of course we love this iconic place, but we will not like it if we cannot sit in it because of emergencies that may come along. I shall be supporting amendment (b) to motion 1 in the Division Lobby tonight.