Visitor Entrance

House of Commons Commission written question – answered at on 19 December 2006.

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Photo of Richard Younger-Ross Richard Younger-Ross Shadow Minister, Culture, Media & Sport

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what extension of time has been granted for construction of the new visitor entrance; and on what grounds such an extension of time has been granted.

Photo of Nick Harvey Nick Harvey Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

The project is clearly running late and it is not possible to give a reliable date for its completion. On the information available at present the Commission hopes to see the building opened by Easter 2007. Over the summer, delays were caused by unexpected problems with piling and hidden services beneath the site. More recently there have been difficulties with the construction of the building itself. A technical audit has been commissioned by the accounting officer, action is being taken to manage the project more tightly and the Commission expects a full report on progress in January. A five week extension of contract time was made on 26 September 2006 but this covers only a part of the delay.

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