The Treasury select committee has queried the cost of building work and is investigating if a temporary shutdown can be avoided.
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Cheaper alternatives for the renovation of the Houses of Parliament are to be sought by MPs to keep costs below the estimated £3.5bn bill.
The premises used by parliament are in urgent need of extensive restoration and repairs to avoid the risk of being burned down or encountering other catastrophic failure. The Conservative MP Andrew Tyrie, who chairs the Treasury committee, described the project as ‘one of the largest major restorations in the history of the public sector’ but questioned the value for money.
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