HC Deb 07 November 1979 vol 973 cc404-5
Mr. Bowden

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I wish to raise a matter involving the security of this House. You will have observed earlier this afternoon that a number of badges, which contained very dangerous pins, were thrown into the Chamber. No one would have regarded that as funny if the pins had got into his eyes. Is it not unreasonable that the faithful custodians of this House, many of whom have given a lifetime of service in the Armed Forces and who are no longer young, should have to deal with thugs and hooligans who behave in this way? Will you kindly look at this situation and see whether the custodian force can be reinforced?

Mr. Speaker

A Committee of the House looks at these matters. I shall see that the point raised by the hon. Gentleman is referred to the responsible people.

Mr. Rost

Further to that point of order, Mr. Speaker. Would you consider it desirable that, as part of an investigation, the Serjeant-at-Arms be instructed to find out who issued the relevant tickets to the Strangers Gallery, in view of the possible risk to security?

Mr. Speaker

I am quite prepared for that to be done, though I must tell the House that on one occasion I signed for a visitor to come in and he misbehaved.

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