MPs’ summer holidays could be extended to refurbish the Palace of Westminster

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MPs’ summer vacation can be extended by two weeks to allow the refurbishment team to repair the Palace of Westminster

  • Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg is responsible for filing motions
  • The idea of ​​extending the summer vacation is unlikely to win over the government
  • More time is needed for the renovation team to make repairs to the building

MPs were able to extend their summer holidays by a fortnight to have more time for renovation work at the Palace of Westminster.

Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle is said to be in favor of scrapping the short period between summer break and party conference season to allow for essential maintenance and repair projects.

But Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg is responsible for filing motions for parliamentary recesses before the House of Commons – meaning the government can make the decision – and is unlikely to be won over by the idea.

The break would come at a time when unemployment is on the rise and the country is looking to Westminster to rebuild the economy after the pandemic’s effects.

Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle is said to be in favor of scrapping the short period between summer break and party conference season to allow for essential maintenance and repair projects.

Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle is said to be in favor of scrapping the short period between summer break and party conference season to allow for essential maintenance and repair projects.

Obviously, the ‘restoration and renewal’ team (known as ‘r and r’) at the Palace of Westminster has not had time to make necessary repairs.

According to a Commons source, extending the summer vacation would give officials more time to focus on the renovation work.

Government sources said they did not expect proposals from the ‘sponsoring organization’ that will determine what work will be performed in the near future.

A spokeswoman for the Speaker’s Office said: “Scheduling sessions and breaks is not a matter for the Speaker.

“When the sponsoring body comes up with proposals for preliminary studies and work that can be done during the summer months of recess to make progress r and r, then the impact should be considered.”

Earlier this month, Mr Rees-Mogg criticized the recommendation of an official review for MPs and colleagues to move temporarily during rehabilitation work as being ‘for the birds’.

He warned that moving Parliament to another location while the work was in progress could cost as much as £ 20 billion.

Obviously the ¿restoration and renewal¿ (known as ¿r and r¿) team at the Palace of Westminster (pictured) did not have time to make repairs that are needed

Obviously the ¿restoration and renewal¿ (known as ¿r and r¿) team at the Palace of Westminster (pictured) did not have time to make repairs that are needed

Clearly the ‘restoration and renewal’ team (known as ‘r and r’) at the Palace of Westminster (pictured) has not had time to make necessary repairs

He said the proposal for MPs to move from Westminster Palace to nearby Richmond House and colleagues to cross the road to the QEII Center could cost up to £ 1.5 billion to create temporary rooms only.

He warned that the rising cost of the renovations could turn Parliament into ‘Disneyland’ amid concerns that the work would not be fully completed due to the pandemic.

The Restoration and Renewal Sponsor Body and Delivery Authority said in its review that the move would be minimized by a ‘phased approach’, but that the complete evacuation of the palace would likely take ‘years rather than months’.

In a statement, it said the temporary local relocation would be the “ most secure, cost-effective and practical solution, ” with the plan submitted to Parliament for final consideration.

It said the review found that restoring the historic building while all MPs stayed on site would cost “ billions of pounds more and take decades longer ” than the temporary move.

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