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 risk of a catastrophic failure is high and growing with every month that passes”, the Committee said. “It must be repaired”.
They’re mistaken. Such short-termism overlooks the fact that the Houses of Parliament are a symbol of Britain’s national heritage and help to attract money-spending tourists from around the world each year.
The MPs added that the best value for money would be achieved by “getting on with” the project.