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Governance

The Programme has a two-tier governance structure, similar to the 2012 London Olympics and other successful infrastructure projects

In 2018, resolutions agreed by both Houses of Parliament stated that the “best and most cost-effective way” to carry out restoration and renewal of the Palace was for everyone to move out temporarily. Both Houses then passed legislation - the Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Act 2019 - which provides for a governance structure that enables strong oversight, challenge and direction.

The Sponsor Body, which oversees the work of the Delivery Authority and is the single client accountable to Parliament, is responsible for adopting governance and assurance functions in line with Treasury guidance. It will seek value for money for the taxpayer at every stage.

Relationship with Parliament

The R&R Programme will continue to work very closely with Parliament. The broad principles of how the Sponsor Body will work together with Parliament are set out in the Parliamentary Relationship Agreement (PRA).

The aim is to ensure that both House administrations and the Sponsor Body have clearly defined arrangements for their respective roles, responsibilities and activities. This includes consultation and co-operation between parties; responsibility for the buildings and arrangements for handing them back after the work is complete.

The Member Consultation Strategy sets out how the Sponsor Body will engage MPs and Lords regarding its work.

Read the Parliamentary Relationship Agreement here:

Read the Member Consultation Strategy here:

Working together

The working relationship between the Sponsor Body and Delivery Authority is set out in a Programme Delivery Agreement (PDA).

Read the Programme Delivery Agreement here:

Business case and funding

Each year the Delivery Authority will propose an annual budget to the Sponsor Board. The Board will satisfy itself that the budget is reasonable, reflects the Business Case and represents value for money. The Parliamentary Buildings Act also establishes a separate statutory body called the Estimates Commission, which will assess the Sponsor Body’s proposed annual expenditure for the whole programme. The Commission will have four members appointed by each House: two MPs and two Lords.

The Commission will seek the views of the Treasury before laying the estimate before the House of Commons for its decision.

Supported by the Delivery Authority, the Sponsor Body will produce an Outline Business Case for the Restoration and Renewal programme. Once all the requirements have been gathered, the scope has been determined, and the investigations are complete and designs agreed, the proposed approach to the works and costs will be put before both Houses for a decision.