Palace of Westminster: Access

House of Commons Commission written question – answered at on 23 June 2023.

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Photo of Damien Moore Damien Moore Conservative, Southport

To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether the Commission is taking steps to enable public access to Saint Stephen’s Cloisters at appropriate times.

Photo of Charles Walker Charles Walker Chair, Administration Committee, Chair, Administration Committee

In the long-term, we are committed to enabling public access to the St Stephen's Cloister. At present this is not possible because the condition of the stonework is very poor.

One bay within the Cloister was conserved as a trial project. This will inform the next phase of repair, which is currently being developed. Our intention is to develop proposals to repair both the stonework and the roofs, with a view to conservation works starting on site by 2025.

Once this work is complete, public access to Cloister Court should be possible; however, due to current access routes and its proximity to Members’ Entrance, access will need to be carefully managed.

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