§ Lord Cocks of Hartcliffe
asked the Chairman of Committees:
When the refurbishment of the Lord Chancellor's Residence was approved; by whom; and whether it formed part of the 10-year rolling programme of works.
§ The Chairman of Committees (Lord Boston of Faversham)
The refurbishment was approved by the Administration and Works Sub-Committee on 8 July and by the Finance and Staff Sub-Committee on 16 July. The House of Lords' Offices Committee was informed on 22 July, and they notified the House in the Committee's 2nd Report, which was agreed to on 30 July.
The refurbishment was not part of the 10-year rolling programme of works prior to these decisions but consequent on them became part of that programme; certain connected works such as automatic fire detection, telephone cable renewals, asbestos removal and heating repairs had been approved previously under separate programmes.