HC Deb 17 February 1997 vol 290 c373W
Mr Wigley

To ask the Chairman of the Accommodation and Works Committee what was the original estimate for the cost of building the new building for parliamentary use at Bridge street, Westminster; and what is his latest estimate of this cost. [16436]

Sir Raymond Powell

The House of Commons Commission approved the final sketch design estimate in 1993 at the prices then prevailing with an allowance forecasting the possible rate of inflation in construction costs until the work is completed in 2000. Since 1993, instructions have been given to the project team for various changes to the brief and the date when work is to start. These account for the difference between the 1993 forecast of £219 million and the current figure of £225 million.

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