02 January 2018

Government defers debate on the future of the Palace of Westminster

The debate to discuss the future of the Palace of Westminster and the urgently needed works, originally set in the Commons for 11 January 2018, has been postponed by the Government to a yet to be confirmed future date.

The Leader of the House of Commons, Rt Hon. Andrea Leadsom MP, announced before Christmas that the Government will now look to find a suitable alternative date, taking account of representations she had received for the debate not to be scheduled on a Thursday.

MPs and peers had been due to discuss the future of the Palace of Westminster, which faces major and increasingly urgent repairs. Members from both Houses are awaiting the Government’s yet to be published motion, which is expected to allow for a sponsor board and delivery authority to be established, to oversee and deliver the Programme and consider the options for how the work could be delivered.