§ Mr. Summerson
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when the new parliamentary building will be finished and ready for occupation.
§ Mr. Chope
I advised the House on 25 January 1990 that, subject to there being no further slippage in the contractor's programme, the building should be fitted out and ready for occupation around Easter 1991. I regret to say that the contractor has now reported further slippage which suggests that it would be unrealistic to expect the building to be available for occupation before mid-1991.
The New Building Sub-Committee is currently investigating this project and I understand that it expects to report to the House before the Easter recess.