Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill (HC Bill 388)

A

BILL

TO

Make provision in connection with works for or in connection with the
restoration of the Palace of Westminster and other works relating to the
Parliamentary Estate; and for connected purposes.

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and
consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present
Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

The works

1 “The Parliamentary building works”

(1) In this Act “the Parliamentary building works” means—

(a) works for the restoration of the Palace of Westminster,

(b) 5works relating to the Parliamentary Estate, other than works within
paragraph (a), that are designated for the purposes of this paragraph by
the House Commissions with the agreement of the Sponsor Body and
the Delivery Authority, and

(c) works in connection with the restoration of the Palace of Westminster
10that—

(i) relate to land that does not form part of the Parliamentary Estate
on the first day on which any provision of this section comes
into force,

(ii) are not within paragraph (b), and

(iii) 15are not designated as excluded from this paragraph by the
House Commissions.

(2) References in this Act to “Palace restoration works” are to—

(a) works within subsection (1)(a), and

(b) works within subsection (1)(c).

(3) 20If either House of Parliament is located somewhere other than the Palace of
Westminster while the Parliamentary building works are carried out, the
functions under this Act in relation to the works must be exercised with a view

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to facilitating the return of that House to the Palace of Westminster as soon as
is reasonably practicable.

The Sponsor Body and the Delivery Authority

2 The Parliamentary Works Sponsor Body

(1) 5A body corporate called the Parliamentary Works Sponsor Body (referred to in
this Act as “the Sponsor Body”) is established for the purpose of having overall
responsibility for the Parliamentary building works.

(2) The Sponsor Body’s duties are—

(a) to determine the strategic objectives of the Parliamentary building
10works;

(b) to make strategic decisions relating to the carrying out of the
Parliamentary building works;

(c) to form the Delivery Authority (see section 3);

(d) to fund the Delivery Authority (see section 9);

(e) 15to require the Delivery Authority to formulate proposals relating to the
design, cost and timing of Palace restoration works;

(f) to oversee the activities of the Delivery Authority in connection with
the carrying out of the Parliamentary building works;

(g) to deal with matters relating to completion of the Parliamentary
20building works, including the making of arrangements for the handing
over of the buildings to which those works relate.

(3) In performing the duties under subsection (2)(a) and (b) in relation to Palace
restoration works, the Sponsor Body must consult members of each House of
Parliament in accordance with the strategy under section 5.

(4) 25In exercising its functions, the Sponsor Body must have regard to—

(a) the need to ensure that the Parliamentary building works represent
good value for money;

(b) the need to ensure that those works are carried out with a view to
ensuring the safety and security of people who work in Parliament and
30members of the public;

(c) the need to protect the environment and to contribute to achieving
sustainable development;

(d) the need to ensure that any place in which either House of Parliament
is located while the Parliamentary building works are carried out is
35accessible to people visiting the place for the purpose of watching
proceedings or attending meetings with members of either House;

(e) the need to ensure that—

(i) any place in which either House of Parliament is located while
the Parliamentary building works are carried out, and

(ii) 40the Palace of Westminster (after completion of those works),

are accessible to people with disabilities;

(f) the need for improved visitor access to the Palace of Westminster after
completion of the Parliamentary building works;

(g) the desirability of ensuring that educational and other facilities are
45provided for people visiting the Palace of Westminster after completion
of those works.

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(5) Schedule 1 contains further provision about the Sponsor Body.

3 The Delivery Authority

(1) The Sponsor Body must form a company limited by guarantee to exercise the
functions conferred on the company by this Act.

(2) 5The constitution of the company must include provision to ensure that the only
member of the company, and its only guarantor, is the Sponsor Body.

(3) The company formed under subsection (1) is referred to in this Act as “the
Delivery Authority”.

(4) The Delivery Authority’s duties are—

(a) 10to formulate proposals relating to Palace restoration works, as required
by the Sponsor Body under section 2(2)(e), and

(b) to carry out the Parliamentary building works in line with the
requirements of the Sponsor Body.

(5) The Delivery Authority may do whatever it considers appropriate for the
15purposes of the duties under subsection (4), provided that it acts in accordance
with—

(a) the agreement entered into by the Sponsor Body and the Delivery
Authority under section 4, and

(b) the Delivery Authority’s memorandum and articles of association.

(6) 20In performing the duties under subsection (4) the Delivery Authority must
have regard to the matters mentioned in section 2(4).

(7) Schedule 2 contains further provision about the Delivery Authority.

4 Relationship between the Sponsor Body and the Delivery Authority

(1) The Sponsor Body and the Delivery Authority must enter into an agreement
25(“the programme delivery agreement”) containing—

(a) a statement of the strategic objectives of the Parliamentary building
works, as determined by the Sponsor Body under section 2(2)(a);

(b) provision about the review of the Delivery Authority’s activities by the
Sponsor Body;

(c) 30provision about how, and in what circumstances, the Sponsor Body
may intervene in relation to the performance by the Delivery Authority
of its duties under section 3(4) where the Sponsor Body considers that
the Delivery Authority is not performing those duties effectively and
efficiently.

(2) 35The provision referred to in subsection (1)(b) includes provision for the
Sponsor Body or any person authorised by it—

(a) to inspect documents in the Delivery Authority’s possession, and

(b) to interview any member of the Delivery Authority’s staff.

(3) The programme delivery agreement may contain provision about such other
40matters relating to the Parliamentary building works as the Sponsor Body and
the Delivery Authority consider appropriate.

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(4) If the Delivery Authority and the Sponsor Body fail to reach agreement in
relation to a relevant matter, the Delivery Authority or the Sponsor Body (or
both) may refer the difference between them to the House Commissions.

(5) “Relevant matter” means—

(a) 5a matter required by subsection (1)(b) or (c) to be included in the
programme delivery agreement, or

(b) a matter to be included in that agreement by virtue of subsection (3).

(6) Where the House Commissions settle a difference referred to them under
subsection (4)

(a) 10their decision is binding on the Sponsor Body and the Delivery
Authority, and

(b) the programme delivery agreement is to be treated as reflecting that
decision.

(7) The programme delivery agreement may be varied by agreement between the
15Sponsor Body and the Delivery Authority (and subsections (4) to (6) also apply
in relation to any failure to agree a variation of a relevant matter).

The Sponsor Body and Parliament

5 Consultation strategy

(1) The Sponsor Body must prepare a strategy for consulting members of each
20House of Parliament for the purposes of section 2(3) (requirement to carry out
consultation in relation to Palace restoration works).

(2) The Sponsor Body must publish the strategy no later than 8 weeks after the
date on which this section comes into force.

(3) The Sponsor Body must keep the strategy under review and revise it if
25appropriate.

(4) If the Sponsor Body revises the strategy it must publish the revised strategy.

6 Relationship between the Sponsor Body and Parliament

(1) The Sponsor Body, the Corporate Officer of the House of Commons and the
Corporate Officer of the House of Lords must enter into an agreement (a
30“Parliamentary relationship agreement”) containing provision relating to the
relationship between the Sponsor Body and Parliament.

(2) A Parliamentary relationship agreement may contain provision about—

(a) the buildings to which the Parliamentary building works relate
(including responsibility for those buildings and arrangements for
35handing them over after completion of those works);

(b) consultation and co-operation between the Sponsor Body and the
Corporate Officers;

(c) such other matters as the Sponsor Body and the Corporate Officers
consider appropriate.

(3) 40A Parliamentary relationship agreement may be varied by agreement between
the Sponsor Body and the Corporate Officers.

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Parliamentary approval

7 Parliamentary approval for works and funding

(1) In this section—

  • “Delivery Authority proposals” means proposals formulated by the
    5Delivery Authority by virtue of section 3(4)(a);

  • “Parliamentary approval” means approval by a resolution of each House
    of Parliament (and “approval resolution” and “approved by
    Parliament” are to be construed accordingly);

  • “phase two works” means the Parliamentary building works that are
    10proposed to be carried out during the period that—

    (a)

    begins when Parliamentary approval is obtained for the
    purposes of subsection (2)(a) and (b), and

    (b)

    ends with completion of the Parliamentary building works.

(2) No Palace restoration works, other than preparatory works, may be carried out
15before the Sponsor Body has obtained Parliamentary approval for—

(a) Delivery Authority proposals in respect of those works, and

(b) funding, up to an amount specified in the approval resolution, in
respect of phase two works.

(3) In subsection (2) “preparatory works” means works in preparation for the
20restoration of the Palace of Westminster, including—

(a) initial design works, and

(b) other works that do not affect the continued functioning of the Palace
of Westminster for the purposes of either House of Parliament.

(4) After obtaining Parliamentary approval for the purposes of subsection (2)(a)
25and (b), the Sponsor Body must obtain further Parliamentary approval—

(a) before proceeding with Delivery Authority proposals that the Sponsor
Body considers would significantly affect the design or timing of Palace
restoration works, or

(b) if the Sponsor Body considers that the amount of funding that is for the
30time being approved by Parliament in respect of phase two works is
insufficient for the purposes of carrying out those works.

(5) When seeking Parliamentary approval for the purposes of subsection (2)(a) or
(4)(a), the Sponsor Body must lay before Parliament the Delivery Authority
proposals in question.

(6) 35When seeking Parliamentary approval for the purposes of subsection (2)(b) or
(4)(b), the Sponsor Body must lay before Parliament its assessment of the
amount of funding (or further funding) required in respect of phase two
works.

(7) The reference in subsection (4) to further Parliamentary approval is—

(a) 40in a subsection (4)(a) case, a reference to Parliamentary approval for the
Delivery Authority proposals, and

(b) in a subsection (4)(b) case, a reference to Parliamentary approval for
further funding, up to the amount specified in the approval resolution,
in respect of phase two works.

(8) 45For the purposes of any reference in this section to the time when
Parliamentary approval is obtained for the purposes of subsection (2)(a) and

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(b), where one House passes an approval resolution on a different day from the
other House, Parliamentary approval is to be taken to have been obtained on
the second of those days.

The Estimates Commission and funding

8 5The Parliamentary Works Estimates Commission

(1) A body corporate called the Parliamentary Works Estimates Commission
(referred to in this Act as “the Estimates Commission”) is established for the
purpose of exercising the functions conferred on it by this Act.

(2) Schedule 3 contains further provision about the Estimates Commission.

9 10Funding

(1) The Sponsor Body’s expenditure is to be met out of money provided by Parliament.

(2) Schedule 4 contains provision about the preparation of estimates by the
Sponsor Body for the purposes of its funding.

(3) The Sponsor Body may pay grants, or give any other form of financial assistance, to the
15Delivery Authority for the purpose of enabling the Delivery Authority to exercise its
functions.

(4) Financial assistance under subsection (3) may be given at such times, and
subject to such conditions, as the Sponsor Body considers appropriate.

Abolition etc of bodies

10 20Abolition of the Sponsor Body and the Estimates Commission

(1) The Leader of the House of Commons may by regulations made by statutory
instrument abolish—

(a) the Sponsor Body;

(b) the Estimates Commission.

(2) 25Regulations under subsection (1)(a) may provide for the transfer of functions,
property, rights or liabilities from the Sponsor Body to such other person as the
Leader of the House of Commons considers appropriate.

(3) But regulations under subsection (1)(a) may not provide for the transfer of
anything to a person who has not consented to the transfer.

(4) 30The things that may be transferred by virtue of subsection (1)(a) include—

(a) property, rights and liabilities that could not otherwise be transferred;

(b) property acquired, and rights and liabilities arising, after the making of
the regulations.

(5) Regulations under subsection (1)(a) may—

(a) 35create rights, or impose liabilities, in relation to property or rights
transferred;

(b) make provision about the continuing effect of things done by the
Sponsor Body in respect of anything transferred;

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(c) make provision about the continuation of things (including legal
proceedings) in the process of being done by, on behalf of or in relation
to the Sponsor Body in respect of anything transferred;

(d) if the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment)
5Regulations 2006 (S.I. 2006/246S.I. 2006/246) do not apply in relation to the transfer,
make provision that is the same or similar;

(e) make other consequential, supplementary, incidental or transitional
provision (including consequential provision amending or repealing
any provision of this Act).

(6) 10Regulations under subsection (1)(b) may make consequential, supplementary,
incidental or transitional provision (including consequential provision
amending or repealing any provision of this Act).

(7) References in this section to rights and liabilities include rights and liabilities
relating to a contract of employment.

(8) 15Before making regulations under subsection (1), the Leader of the House of
Commons—

(a) must consult the Corporate Officer of the House of Commons, the
Corporate Officer of the House of Lords and the House Commissions;

(b) must obtain the consent of the Leader of the House of Lords.

(9) 20A statutory instrument containing regulations under subsection (1) may not be
made unless a draft of the instrument has been laid before, and approved by a
resolution of, each House of Parliament.

11 Dissolution of the Delivery Authority

The Sponsor Body may dissolve the Delivery Authority, but only—

(a) 25after completion of the Parliamentary building works, and

(b) with the consent of—

(i) the Corporate Officer of the House of Commons,

(ii) the Corporate Officer of the House of Lords, and

(iii) the House Commissions.

30General

12 Interpretation

(1) In this Act—

  • “the Delivery Authority” has the meaning given by section 3(3);

  • “the Estimates Commission” means the Parliamentary Works Estimates
    35Commission;

  • “financial year”, in relation to the Sponsor Body or the Estimates
    Commission, means—

    (a)

    the period beginning with the date on which the Sponsor Body
    or the Estimates Commission (as the case may be) is established
    40and ending with the 31 March following that date, and

    (b)

    each successive period of 12 months;

  • “financial year”, in relation to the Delivery Authority, means—

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    (a)

    the period beginning with the date on which the Delivery
    Authority is formed and ending with the 31 March following
    that date, and

    (b)

    each successive period of 12 months;

  • 5“the House Commissions” means the House of Commons Commission
    and the House of Lords Commission (and see subsection (2));

  • “House of Lords Commission” means any committee of the House of
    Lords whose terms of reference include the provision of strategic and
    political direction for the administration of the House of Lords on
    10behalf of the House;

  • “Leader of the House of Commons” means the Minister of the Crown who
    is for the time being designated as Leader of the House of Commons by
    the Prime Minister;

  • “Leader of the House of Lords” means the Minister of the Crown who is
    15for the time being designated as Leader of the House of Lords by the
    Prime Minister;

  • “Minister of the Crown” has the same meaning as in the Ministers of the
    Crown Act 1975;

  • “Palace restoration works” has the meaning given by section 1(2);

  • 20“the Parliamentary building works” has the meaning given by section
    1(1);

  • “the Sponsor Body” means the Parliamentary Works Sponsor Body.

(2) References in this Act to the doing of anything by the House Commissions are
to the doing of the thing by them jointly.

(3) 25Any question arising in relation to the definition of “House of Lords
Commission” in subsection (1) is to be determined by the Speaker of the House
of Lords.

13 Extent

(1) This Act extends to England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

(2) 30This is subject to paragraph 27(3) of Schedule 1.

14 Commencement

(1) Section 13, this section and section 15 come into force on the day on which this
Act is passed.

(2) The other provisions of this Act come into force at the end of the period of 6
35months beginning with the day on which this Act is passed (subject to
subsection (3)).

(3) The Leader of the House of Commons may by regulations made by statutory
instrument appoint a day, falling before the end of the period mentioned in
subsection (2), on which—

(a) 40the provisions of this Act (other than section 13, this section and section
15) are to come into force, or

(b) those provisions of this Act that are specified in the regulations are to
come into force;

and different days may be appointed for different purposes.

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(4) Before making regulations under subsection (3), the Leader of the House of
Commons must obtain the consent of the Leader of the House of Lords.

15 Short title

This Act may be cited as the Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and
5Renewal) Act 2019.