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UK: House of Lords to spend £100,000 to refurbish 2 toilets
PTI
London, June 30, 2013
First Published: 21:22 IST(30/6/2013)
Last Updated: 21:27 IST(30/6/2013)

The British Parliament plans to spend up to £100,000 to refurbish two toilets used by peers and VIP guests at the Palace of Westminster, according to a Commons contract on a government website.

Lavatories in the Salisbury Room area of the House of Lords have not been updated since the 1990s and are said to be in an "unacceptable condition".

Peers, staff and visiting dignitaries use the toilets, which give a "poor image" of the palace, a document says.

The work is expected to begin in August and will be completed in about 42 days, the BBC reported.

Refurbishment of the lavatories will include updating the existing men's and women's toilets and providing a unisex disabled accessible facility.

The contract put out to tender says the work includes installing "historic oak panelling", minor demolition work, decorations and sanitary equipment.

A House of Lords spokesman said: "The House of Lords has opened a procurement process to refurbish two toilets on the principal floor to ensure we comply with disability access legislation.

"As with all procurement we undertake this will be done with a determined focus on value for money for the taxpayer," the spokesman added.


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