23 Jan '12, 2pm

The leaning tower of London: British MPs mull how to stop Big Ben tilt #AFP

The leaning tower of London: British MPs mull how to stop Big Ben tilt #AFP

LONDON: British lawmakers meet Monday to discuss renovating the Houses of Parliament, including how to manage the tilting Big Ben clock tower -- and even whether to sell the building to save cash. The House of Commons Commission, a committee which manages the iconic 19th century Gothic building on the banks of London's River Thames, is expected to order a study into what work needs to de done, at a meeting on Monday evening. One of the issues likely to be considered will be the tilting of the clock tower, known as Big Ben after the bell that it holds, which has developed a tilt -- 0.26 degrees to the north west, to be precise. This has increased very slightly since 2003, although an expert study completed in October found it was unlikely to be a problem for 10,000 years. Also under consideration will be the cracks that have appeared in the walls of the building, caused by ...

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