Big Ben total repair’s cost was estimated at £40m. This includes addition of a visitor centre at the bottom of the tower, and installing a lift to the top. It has been 31 years since its last overhaul. The Elizabeth Tower, which stands at the north end of the Houses of Parliament, was completed in 1859 and the Great Clock started on 31 May. Upgrades were also needed to bring the building in line with health and safety regulations, a report of Commons Finance Committee said. “No decisions on works, timescales or costs have been agreed,” a parliamentary spokesman affirmed. However, this decision is important. Huge risk of international reputation damage for the UK Parliament is also considered if solving the problem will fail.