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MPs vote to leave the Palace of Westminster during essential restoration works

31st January 2018

House of Commons votes in favour of a temporary move out, as well as the establishment of an Olympic-style delivery authority to manage the work.

MPs have voted in favour of “a full and timely decant” of the Palace of Westminster in order to carry out increasingly urgent works on the building.

On Wednesday 31 January they debated a way forward for the Restoration and Renewal Programme, and voted in favour of a temporary move out from the Palace “as the best and most cost effective delivery option.”

Members also voted against a call for a future review to consider relocating Parliament away from the Palace of Westminster permanently.

As this first motion in its amended form was passed, the second motion, which proposed that three options be costed in detail and brought back to Parliament in 12 to 18 months for a decision, was not voted on.

For exact details of how Members voted on each amendment, please see the results published via the House of Commons Twitter account

The wording of the motions can be seen on the Parliament website.

The House of Lords will hold their debate on the restoration of the Palace of Westminster on Tuesday 6 February.