Speaker's statement on parliamentary security on Wednesday 29 March

29 March 2017

The Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow MP, has made a statement on parliamentary security following the incident in Westminster on Wednesday 22 March.

Mr Speaker said:

"I have a short Statement to make about the follow-up to last Wednesday’s events.

As would be normal after such events, we are seeking to make sure that any lessons are learned, through two reviews.

The Lord Speaker and I are commissioning an external independent review of how the perimeter of the Parliamentary Estate – including out-buildings – is secured and protected, to produce a preliminary report by the end of April.

The two Clerks are commissioning an externally-led lessons learned review of the operation last week of Parliament’s Incident Management Framework, to report by the end of June.

You will all shortly receive a letter inviting you and your staff to contribute your views and experiences to these reviews, which will identify a dedicated email inbox for your comments.
Members will also be aware that 2.40 pm today marks a week on from the shocking events of last week, and our thoughts will be in particular with the Metropolitan Police as they mourn their colleague PC Keith Palmer. "

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