|Carry out Big Ben restoration works; don't let its bongs fall silent!|
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Big Ben's bongs could fall silent if repairs costing up to £40m are not carried out: in fact, the Great Clock's hands, mechanism, pendulum and Elizabeth Tower need refurbishment, and failure to do so would cause "reputational damage" to the entire Parliament. Problems have also been identified with the 156-year-old clock's tower, including cracks in the masonry, but upgrades are also needed in order to bring the building in line with health and safety regulations. The parliamentary spokesperson said that "Committees of both Houses are currently considering the study", but "No decisions on works, timescales or costs have been agreed yet."
Big Ben repairs 'could cost up to £40m'
Repairs May See Big Ben Silenced For Months
Saving the bongs; Big Ben to fall silent while under repair