MPs urged to leave Houses of Parliament for six years so it can be repaired; Ashley Cowburn; The Independent

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UK – Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey including Saint Margaret’s Church

‘The risk of catastrophic failure is high and growing with every month that passes: fire, water, penetration, sewage inundation, comprehensive electrical failure or some other mechanical breakdown are among the most likely causes’

MPs and peers should be forced to vacate the crumbling Palace of Westminster for around six years while vital renovation works take place, a Commons committee has urged. Warning that the Unesco World Heritage Site faces the prospect of a “catastrophic failure”, MPs on the influential Public Accounts Committee (PAC) describe the historic building as being in a state of “extreme disrepair”.

The report claims: “The risk of catastrophic failure is high and growing with every month that passes: fire, water, penetration, sewage inundation, comprehensive electrical failure or some other mechanical breakdown are among the most likely causes. It must be repaired.”

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