Fears are growing for the safety of the crumbling Houses of Parliament following the blaze which devastated Notre Dame Cathedral.
Concerns over cost and public opinion have dogged a restoration and renewal project for the World Heritage site, which could cost around £4 billion.
But MPs have repeatedly warned the building is at risk of a serious fire and needs urgent refurbishment.
Jeremy Corbyn said the Paris blaze was “very, very said” – and warned the dilapidated condition of the Palace of Westminster puts it at “huge” risk of a similar fire.
He said: “You see beautiful buildings like that and think of the beautiful buildings we’ve got in this country. If any of those were destroyed in fire how would we feel about it?
“The state of the building is very poor in Westminster and a fire risk is obviously huge with a building that has so much wood within it.”
Last year Commons leader Andrea Leadsom warned Parliament consisted of a “hotch potch” of pipes and wiring that was ageing faster than it was possible to repair.
And the lack of safety features means team of 30 fire officers has to patrol the building 24 hours a day.
Some 60 incidents have taken place in the last decade which could have led to a serious fire.
Labour MP Chris Bryant said: "We have taken far too long already putting our fire safety measures in place.
“Parts of the Palace are as old as Notre Dame and we must make sure that every fire precaution is taken as the major work goes ahead. God knows we've had enough warnings."
And Labour’s Jim Fitzpatrick, a former firefighter, said the Notre Dame blaze was “the great fear for all historic buildings, including the Houses of Parliament.”
A programme of fire safety improvement works is underway across the Parliamentary Estate, including fire door upgrades, compartmentation, fire safety signage and high pressure water mist sprinklers.
Hundreds of MPs and staff work in the Palace, parts of which date back to the 11th Century.
A plan has already been approved by MPs, which would see a Whitehall building used as a temporary debating chamber while the Palace is renovated.
But the programme of refurbishment has repeatedly been delayed.
Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom told a Commons Committee last month: that it had been put off for more than 70 years because politicians feared a public outcry.
“The work to restore the Palace arguably has been needed since the end of the Second World War,” she said.
“It’s a great tragedy that we are here today because successive have failed to tackle this problem.
“The reason for that is largely nobody wants to take responsibility for it and, in effect, be seen to be profligate with taxpayers’ money on ‘improving the wallpaper’ – the sort of narrative that politicians always worry about.”
A Parliament spokesman said: “Fire safety is a key priority for Parliament and protections are constantly reviewed and updated including at our active construction sites, and in planning for the future restoration and renewal of the Palace of Westminster.
“Last year we completed a major programme of works to enhance fire life safety measures in the Palace, and while this work continues we stand ready to learn any lessons that emerge from the fire at Notre Dame to ensure we do everything possible to protect our people and buildings on the Parliamentary Estate.”
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