UK Parliament toilets to get pricey refurbishment

LONDON (AP) — They will be toilets fit for nobility.

Officials at Britain’s Parliament plan to spend about 100,000 pounds ($152,000) to refurbish two toilets used by members of the House of Lords.

A tender notice posted on a government website says the run-down lavatories present a “poor image” of the building and do not comply with disability access legislation.

The notice values the contract to refurbish them at between 90,000 pounds and 100,000 pounds.

The Parliament buildings are an historic landmark, and all work has to meet English Heritage requirements, which can be costly.

Matthew Sinclair of lobby group the Taxpayers’ Alliance said Sunday it was “an eye-watering sum of taxpayers’ money to fork out on allowing House of Lords’ VIPs to spend a penny” — slang for going to the bathroom.

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