§ 45. Mr. Dalyell
asked the Lord President of the Council what further action he has taken as a result of the bomb incident at Westminster Hall on 17th June.
§ The Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons (Mr. Edward Short)
I am having consultations with the authorities of the House about the additional action that is needed. Investigation into the incident itself is being carried out by the Metropolitan Police with the assistance of the Serjeant at Arms.
§ Mr. Dalyell
Whilst welcoming my right hon. Friend's understandable reaction that none of us will be bombed into a change of policy, is it none the less recognised that those of us who have seen the prisoner-of-war camp at Long Kesh and the 987 women's camp at Armagh are able to understand the gut reaction which makes people perpetrate such outrages? Will the Government look again with fresh minds at the whole question of internment without trial?
§ Mr. Fell
Will the right hon. Gentleman consider attempting to bring about the agreeable situation in which Members agree to have their photographs taken and have passes for entry to the Palace of Westminster? As he must know, a large number of Members have had their photographs taken and have passes but a number of them do not show their passes even when they have them. A large number of Members still refuse to carry passes with their photographs on them and will not show them to the policemen. Does not the right hon. Gentleman agree that it would make the job of the policemen that much easier if all Members agreed to have their photographs taken, to carry passes and to show them at the gates?
§ Mr. Short
The hon. Gentleman will remember that I raised this question last week and I understand that the report of the Services Committee, which regrettably has not yet been printed, although it has been laid before the House, makes this proposal. I greatly hope that all Members will co-operate and obtain passes. If they do not do so, I regret that we shall have no option but to pass a resolution of the House about it. However, I greatly hope that that will not be necessary.
§ Mr. Freud
In view of the widespread and substantial losses sustained by Members during the bombing attack, will the Lord President of the Council consider establishing an insurance scheme so that such losses could be reimbursed? I believe that at present there is no procedure for compensating Members who have lost typewriters and other valuable equipment.