Statement: Dame Caroline Spelman in reply to Government response on Draft Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill
Tuesday 7 May 2019
Chair of the Committee Dame Caroline Spelman MP said:
“I am pleased the Government has accepted many of the Committee’s recommendations including requirements for the Restoration and Renewal Sponsor Body to ensure health and safety on the estate and for it to engage fully with staff and the public on the programme.
“It is disappointing that some other important recommendations we made have been rejected, for example we think the Parliamentary members of the Sponsor Body should be elected by other Members as House of Commons committee chairs are, this would ensure their independence and that they were answerable to their colleagues in Parliament rather than their parties leadership. Plus having a treasury minister on the board would have ensured those responsible for taxpayers’ money would have a handle on the costs of the project. We would also like to see a legislative requirement for the Sponsor Body to promote public engagement with Parliament as part of its work.
“The Government will bring a Bill to Parliament soon and as a Committee we will continue to press for more of our recommendations to be adopted as that Bill goes through both Houses.”
The Committee’s report can be found here.
The Government’s response, published today, can be found here.