Tag Archive for Palace of Westminster

The demise of snail mail

Lord Norton

I have previously written about the decline in the volume of letters received in the Palace of Westminster.  At the beginning of each year, I put down a question to find out how many items of correspondence were received in the Palace in the preceding year.  I have now received the figure for 2012.  The…

The future of the Palace of Westminster

Lord Norton

During the summer, there were reports that both Houses of Parliament may have to move out to enable renovation of the Palace, which is in a state of some decay, to be undertaken.  A study group appointed by the Management Boards of both Houses has just produced a pre-feasibility study and preliminary strategic business case…

What’s the House worth?

Baroness Deech

I read with some sense of shock that the building that houses the Commons and the Lords, the Palace of Westminster, is so riddled with asbestos and other faults that Parliament might have to relocate for 5 years while it is rebuilt – or even move to an entirely new building in London or elsewhere. …

The Screeching Hawks of Parliament

Lord Soley

No, I’m not talking about MP’s and Lords screeching abuse at each other but about two new new members of parliament who have refused to take their seats in either chamber. Instead they circle the building emitting the most incredible screeches and dive on pigeons and kill them. The feathers of the doomed pigeon float down past windows…

The recess begins

Lord Norton

The House of Commons rose for the summer recess on Tuesday and the House of Lords on Wednesday.   By the end of Wednesday, after the House had risen, there was still a good deal of activity.  The Despatch Box (the snack bar) in the Atrium in Portcullis House was well patronised.  The giveaway that we…