A general view shows the House of Lords chamber in session at the Houses of Parliament in London on Sept. 5, 2016 during which Norman Fowler, the new Lord Speaker, speaks. / AFP / POOL / Kirsty Wigglesworth
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Britain's parliament should completely vacate its historic Palace of Westminster building for six years in order to allow a multi-billion pound major renovation project to take place, a committee of lawmakers said Thursday.Last year an independent report on required restoration work found asbestos throughout the building, stonework crumbling, roofs leaking and plumbing failing.The committee looked at a series of options ranging from a six-year, 3.5 billion pound program involving lawmakers moving out of the building, to a 32-year rolling program carried out while it continued to function as a parliament, at a cost of 5.7 billion pounds.The oldest building on the site, Westminster Hall, dates from 1099 and is still in daily use.
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