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A controversial proposal for MPs and peers to vacate the traditional home of parliament is the subject of a free vote in the Commons this week, with advocates saying the Palace of Westminster is at risk of succumbing to a major fire if £3.5bn-plus of restoration works are not carried out.
Seven fires broke out in the first 11 months of last year at the building, which has a postwar steam heating system with hot pipes lying next to electrical cables with minimal insulation. Two hundred toilets failed earlier this month and a rabbit was even spotted in one of the car parks.
Options for the restoration work include:
A controversial proposal for MPs and peers to vacate the traditional home of parliament is the subject of a free vote in the Commons this week.
The Environment Agency has announced plans to map England’s entire landscape by 2020, using the data to assess flood risk and inform conservation work.