HC Deb 24 June 1974 vol 875 cc988-9
46. Mr. Trotter

asked the Chairman of the Select Committee on House of Commons (Services) whether, in the review of the security arrangements in the Commons, the introduction will be considered of passes to be displayed on the clothing of all those having entry to the precincts whether working there or visitors.

The Chairman of the Select Committee on House of Commons (Services) (Mr. Arthur Bottomley)

All measures which will in any way tighten security in the House or help the police and custodians in their difficult task will be given urgent and close consideration by the Committee.

Mr. Trotter

Does not the right hon. Gentleman agree that the stationery store of the Serjeant at Arms is the most secure part of this building? It is not only difficult to obtain entry to it but, having obtained entry, it is often difficult to extract the contents. Does the Chairman agree that in any survey of future security regard should be paid not to the traditions and conveniences of the past but to the dangers of the present; and must not inconvenience be suffered by Members and by those visiting the House if we are to prevent a real tragedy from occurring?

Mr. Bottomley

On the serious part of the hon. Member's question, the Services Committee is seized of this, shares his anxiety and hopes to bring forward another speedy report to try to improve security in the House.

Mr. Moonman

Will my right hon. Friend take account of the fact that there is still a dispute with the custody guards? Perhaps he will consult the Lord President of the Council about this matter and raise the whole question of security in Government buildings.

Mr. Bottomley

I undertake to do that.