PARLIAMENT should move to Birmingham while a backlog of major repairs on the Palace of Westminster is carried out, the Commons has been told by Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant.
The proposal came after it emerged that the Parliamentary estate in London requires at least £1 billion of work, which will include removing asbestos and replacing aging electrical wiring.
MPs are face a choice between finding a temporary home while the work takes place – or having it carried out during the summer holidays, which means it could drag on for ten years or longer.
The crumbling state of the Parliamentary estate was revealed by Scottish MP John Thurso (Lib Dem), who represents the House of Commons Commission, the body responsible for managing the buildings.
Conservative MP Michael Fabricant told Mr Thurso that MPs should move to the West Midlands while repairs were carried out.
He said: “May I make a shameless bid that if Parliament is going to decant, it decants to Birmingham. Why not, it’s our second city?
“Can you confirm the cost of doing the work over the next ten years will be considerably in excess of the cost of decanting and doing the work in two or maybe three years?”
Mr Thurso told MPs: “At this stage, the commission not yet having received the report, all options can be placed on the table. However, the option that is ultimately chosen will follow best practice, best value and the best advice we have received.”
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