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                            Kolly Ajao - Written evidence (RAR0060)
All-Party Parliamentary Group on Archaeology - Written evidence (RAR0046)
Jacqueline Baker - Written evidence (RAR0050)
Alan Baxter Ltd - Written evidence (RAR0055)
Alex Bird - Written evidence (RAR0010)
Simon Blackburn - Written evidence (RAR0045)
Lord Bowness CBE DL - Written evidence (RAR0048)
Steve Brine MP - Written evidence (RAR0013)
British Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union - Written evidence (RAR0028)
The Rt Hon Lord Butler of Brockwell KG GCB CVO & The Rt Hon Peter Riddell CBE - Oral evidence (QQ25-37)
Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, Institution of Civil Engineers, Royal Institute of British Architects & Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors - Oral evidence (QQ55-97)
Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers - Written evidence (RAR0063)
Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers - Supplementary written evidence (RAR0066)
Professor Sarah Childs - Written evidence (RAR0031)
Cara Clark and Mark Wyman - Written evidence (RAR0040)
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK Executive Committee - Written evidence (RAR0034)
Compass Group UK & Ireland – Written Evidence (RAR0067)
Philip Connolly - Written evidence (RAR0047)
The Rt Hon Lord Cope of Berkeley - Written evidence (RAR0009)
Simon Cramp - Written evidence (RAR0062)
Baroness Deech DBE - Written evidence (RAR0011)
Jonathan Djanogly MP - Written evidence (RAR0001)

Caroline Emery - Written evidence (RAR0004)

Harry Fenton - Written evidence (RAR0058)
Professor Matthew Flinders & Dr Leanne-Marie McCarthy-Cotter, The Sir Bernard Crick Centre, University of Sheffield - Written evidence (RAR0006)
Oonagh Gay OBE - Written evidence (RAR0020)
James Heappey MP - Written evidence (RAR0068)
Sir Michael Hopkins - Written evidence (RAR0037)
Institution of Civil Engineers, Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, Royal Institute of British Architects & Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors - Oral evidence (QQ55-97)
Institution of Civil Engineers - Written evidence (RAR0042)
Conor Jackson - Written evidence (RAR0026)
The Earl of Kinnoull - Written evidence (RAR0049)
Graham Lang - Written evidence (RAR0015)
Lord Leigh of Hurley - Written evidence (RAR0043)
Lord Lucas - Written evidence (RAR0005)
Susanna Lumsden - Written evidence (RAR0061)
The Earl of Lytton - Written evidence (RAR0008)
Andrew Makower - Written evidence (RAR0014)
Master Carvers’ Association - Written evidence (RAR0017)
Dr Leanne-Marie McCarthy-Cotter & Professor Matthew Flinders, The Sir Bernard Crick Centre, University of Sheffield - Written evidence (RAR0006)
Kirsty McCullagh - Written evidence (RAR0024)
Microsoft - Written evidence (RAR0057)
Roger Mullin MP - Written evidence (RAR0021)
National Federation of Roofing Contractors - Written evidence (RAR0041)
National Heritage Training Group - Written evidence (RAR0038)
Nesta, Parliamentary Visitors Group & Speaker’s Advisory Council on Public Engagement - Oral evidence (QQ38-54)
Nesta - Written evidence (RAR0025)
Nichols Group - Written evidence (RAR0022)
Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne - Written evidence (RAR0029)
Jesse Norman MP - Written evidence (RAR0032)
Overseas Offices of the House of Commons and House of Lords - Written evidence (RAR0051)
Christine Owen - Written evidence (RAR0018)
Parliamentary Press Gallery - Oral evidence (QQ1-24)
Parliamentary Press Gallery - Written evidence (RAR0019)
Parliamentary Press Gallery - Supplementary written evidence (RAR0064)
Parliamentary Visitors Group - Written evidence (RAR0059)
Jonathan Prew - Written evidence (RAR0027)
Pupils 2 Parliament - Written evidence (RAR0016)
John Redwood MP - Written evidence (RAR0003)
Dame Fiona Reynolds DBE - Written evidence (RAR0054)
The Rt Hon Peter Riddell CBE & The Rt Hon Lord Butler of Brockwell KG GCB CVO - Oral evidence (QQ25-37)
Royal Institute of British Architects, Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, Institution of Civil Engineers & Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors - Oral evidence (QQ55-97)
Royal Institute of British Architects - Written evidence (RAR0035)
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, Institution of Civil Engineers & Royal Institute of British Architects - Oral evidence (QQ55-97)
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors - Written evidence (RAR0052)
SNP Westminster Parliamentary Group - Written evidence (RAR0044)
Speaker’s Advisory Council on Public Engagement, Nesta & Parliamentary Visitors Group - Oral evidence (QQ38-54)
Speaker’s Advisory Council on Public Engagement - Written evidence (RAR0030)
Baroness Thomas of Winchester MBE - Written evidence (RAR0056)
Trade Union Side, House of Commons - Written evidence (RAR0023)
Unite Parliamentary Staff Branch - Written evidence (RAR0036)
The Rt Hon Lord Wallace of Saltaire - Written evidence (RAR0007)
David Watkinson - Written evidence (RAR0012)
Women and Equalities Committee, House of Commons - Written evidence (RAR0065)
Mark Wyman and Cara Clark - Written evidence (RAR0040)
                        
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JOINT COMMITTEE ON THE PALACE OF WESTMINSTER

WRITTEN AND ORAL EVIDENCE




Contents

Kolly Ajao - Written evidence (RAR0060) ....................................................... 5

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Archaeology - Written evidence (RAR0046)

...................................................................................................................... 7

Jacqueline Baker - Written evidence (RAR0050) ............................................. 9

Alan Baxter Ltd - Written evidence (RAR0055) ............................................. 10

Alex Bird - Written evidence (RAR0010) ....................................................... 16

Simon Blackburn - Written evidence (RAR0045) ........................................... 18

Lord Bowness CBE DL - Written evidence (RAR0048) .................................... 22

Steve Brine MP - Written evidence (RAR0013) ............................................. 23

British Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union - Written evidence (RAR0028)

.................................................................................................................... 24

The Rt Hon Lord Butler of Brockwell KG GCB CVO & The Rt Hon Peter Riddell

CBE - Oral evidence (QQ25-37) ..................................................................... 25

Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, Institution of Civil

Engineers, Royal Institute of British Architects & Royal Institution of

Chartered Surveyors - Oral evidence (QQ55-97) ........................................... 33

Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers - Written evidence

(RAR0063) .................................................................................................... 52

Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers - Supplementary written

evidence (RAR0066) ..................................................................................... 55

Professor Sarah Childs - Written evidence (RAR0031) .................................. 57

Cara Clark and Mark Wyman - Written evidence (RAR0040) ........................ 62

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK Executive Committee - Written

evidence (RAR0034) ..................................................................................... 64

Compass Group UK & Ireland – Written Evidence (RAR0067) ....................... 69

Philip Connolly - Written evidence (RAR0047).............................................. 71

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The Rt Hon Lord Cope of Berkeley - Written evidence (RAR0009) ................ 72

Simon Cramp - Written evidence (RAR0062) ................................................ 75

Baroness Deech DBE - Written evidence (RAR0011) ..................................... 77

Jonathan Djanogly MP - Written evidence (RAR0001) .................................. 78

Caroline Emery - Written evidence (RAR0004) ............................................. 79

Harry Fenton - Written evidence (RAR0058) ................................................ 80

Professor Matthew Flinders & Dr Leanne-Marie McCarthy-Cotter, The Sir

Bernard Crick Centre, University of Sheffield - Written evidence (RAR0006) 81

Oonagh Gay OBE - Written evidence (RAR0020) .......................................... 83

James Heappey MP - Written evidence (RAR0068)....................................... 85

Sir Michael Hopkins - Written evidence (RAR0037) ...................................... 86

Institution of Civil Engineers, Chartered Institution of Building Services

Engineers, Royal Institute of British Architects & Royal Institution of

Chartered Surveyors - Oral evidence (QQ55-97) ........................................... 87

Institution of Civil Engineers - Written evidence (RAR0042) ......................... 88

Conor Jackson - Written evidence (RAR0026) ............................................... 92

The Earl of Kinnoull - Written evidence (RAR0049)....................................... 93

Graham Lang - Written evidence (RAR0015) ................................................ 98

Lord Leigh of Hurley - Written evidence (RAR0043) ...................................... 99

Lord Lucas - Written evidence (RAR0005) ................................................... 100

Susanna Lumsden - Written evidence (RAR0061) ....................................... 101

The Earl of Lytton - Written evidence (RAR0008) ....................................... 115

Andrew Makower - Written evidence (RAR0014) ....................................... 117

Master Carvers’ Association - Written evidence (RAR0017) ....................... 119

Dr Leanne-Marie McCarthy-Cotter & Professor Matthew Flinders, The Sir

Bernard Crick Centre, University of Sheffield - Written evidence (RAR0006)

.................................................................................................................. 120

Kirsty McCullagh - Written evidence (RAR0024) ......................................... 121

Microsoft - Written evidence (RAR0057) .................................................... 122

Roger Mullin MP - Written evidence (RAR0021) ......................................... 125

National Federation of Roofing Contractors - Written evidence (RAR0041) 127

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The Earl of Lytton - Written evidence (RAR0008)

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I acknowledge that moving parliamentarians out wholesale will not be popular and may
require some changes in the way in which the two houses debate, vote and hold their
committees meantime. It will also for some mean the temporary loss of an attractive facility
to meet and converse. At the heart of any approach to this matter must be the functioning
of parliament and especially avoiding continual disruptions, and the the need to adapt the
Palace to meet that functional need for the longer term.

With long project timelines, there is a real risk, it seems to me, of something going seriously
wrong in the interim and proving to be highly disruptive; the comprehensive and
concentrated approach in 3B or C is on my examination of the options, the only safe way to
proceed. The extended periods involved with E1A, 2A and 2B seem to me to be highly risky
of budget creep.

On design matters, I feel that the glazing over of some of the inner courtyards could be
inspirational and gain much needed space. Seizing this type of opportunity is to be
welcomed.

The present use of the Palace causes some significant negatives; for instance the terrace
pavilions make year round use of the terraces possible but do nothing for the external
appearance of the building as a whole. Committee room 2 in particular is regularly invaded
by cooking smells. Some attractive parts of the building have been necessarily disfigured
with essential ducts and trunking. Peers and MPs do not have sufficient space to work and
at times booking a meeting room is problematic. Many facilities within the building could be
better and more efficiently provided if fundamental changes in the manner and location of
provision were made.

The manner in which the various parliamentary functions are spread throughout the Palace
would of itself make a partial decamp very problematic. The boilers for the Commons are
located at the south end of the Palace. The functional entity does not conveniently
subdivide along the lines of the necessary physical tranches that would be implicit in for
instance, option 1. Indeed I would only question the IOA to the extent that it may not take
sufficient account of this scattered pattern of activity within the building and just how
difficult it would be to achieve partial decamp in practice.

I very much welcome the IOA report and hope that parliamentarians will recognise that
their personal convenience should not be put before the operational proficiency of
parliament and the Palace on the one hand, the cost to the taxpayer and the perceptions of
the public on the other. It is a project that will require firm leadership and collective resolve.


20 December 2015

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Andrew Makower - Written evidence (RAR0014)

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Andrew Makower - Written evidence (RAR0014)


This is a personal submission. I am a member of the House of Lords Management Board and

the Strategic Programmes Procurement Sub-Group but not of the R&R Programme Board.

1. Would you like to see any changes made to the Palace of Westminster as part of the

work? If so, what would those changes be?

 More committee rooms. At peak periods the House of Lords is currently unable to

accommodate demand for meeting rooms for parliamentary purposes.

 A space at the south end of the Palace which works like the atrium in Portcullis House.

The atrium evidently suits modern working practices in ways that the Palace at present

does not.

 Improved disabled access. Particular issues are the steps at St Stephen’s Entrance and

access for disabled Members to the Chambers themselves. In a renewed Palace, a

disabled Member should be able to sit with their party / group.

 Energy efficiency. Parliament should practise what it preaches in this area, as in others.

This is about behaviour as well as buildings.

 Shelter from rain for people queuing for admission.

2. What do you think should not be changed as part of the Palace of Westminster

restoration and renewal?

The Palace must continue to accommodate and enable parliamentary business, with easy

public access to the Chambers and committee rooms. There is a risk of losing sight of these

fundamentals.

3. How can the Restoration and Renewal of the Palace of Westminster support the work of

Parliament and parliamentarians? What changes do you think are required to the

building to adapt to Parliament’s changing needs in the 21st century?

The changes listed above would support the work of Parliament and its Members, either

directly or by improving Parliament’s reputation or both.

4. Are there any changes which would help to improve the way in which you work in the

Palace of Westminster?

No.

5. Could the Restoration and Renewal of the Palace of Westminster make it easier for the

public to be welcomed into the Palace and to see and participate in the work of

Parliament? If so, in what ways could this be achieved?

Better disabled access and sheltered queuing: see above.

6. What are your observations on the current condition of the Palace of Westminster?

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Women and Equalities Committee, House of Commons - Written evidence (RAR0065)

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Women and Equalities Committee, House of Commons - Written evidence

(RAR0065)


Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne has recently written to the Women and Equalities

Committee sharing her submission to your Joint Committee regarding the condition of

sensorineural hearing impairment technology in the Palace of Westminster.



We agree with Baroness Nicholson that, unfortunately, the technology currently used is

faulty and outdated. We feel that the restoration programme provides an excellent

opportunity for the Palace to become a more accommodating place for all those with

disabilities and would greatly appreciate if the Joint Committee could take this into account

both in relation to any temporary relocation and in the final design of the restored Palace



Rt Hon Maria Miller MP

Chair, Women and Equalities Committee





08 March 2016

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Mark Wyman and Cara Clark - Written evidence (RAR0040)

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Mark Wyman and Cara Clark - Written evidence (RAR0040)


Submission to be found under Cara Clark

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