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Managers of the U.K.’s Houses of Parliament continue spending about $125 million per year patching up the crumbling structures and ailing services of the 1,100-room Victorian-era complex by the River Thames, in London.

Progress on a multibillion-dollar restoration plan has been “painfully slow” with significant decisions being reopened and overturned, according to a new critical report by the Public Accounts Committee of lawmakers.

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