Disturbances (2017)

Request

Your record of disturbances in the Gallery of the House of Commons Chamber dealt with by the Doorkeepers for the past three years.

 

Response

Some information is held by the House of Commons.

Whilst there is no official requirement for recording such disturbances in the House of Commons, a partial record of relevant incidences is held by the House of Commons Doorkeepers in the Senior Doorkeeper post reports. Please note, most disturbances that are dealt with are minor, such as clapping, and are managed immediately and the individuals will often remain in the Gallery once spoken with. These incidents are not recorded.

From 25 June 2014 to 25 June 2017, the following disturbances have been recorded by the Senior Doorkeepers staffing the Public Gallery of the House of Commons Chamber:

  • 22 October 2014
    During Prime Ministers questions, an individual smashed a bag of marbles against the security screen. They were removed and arrested by the police.
  • 16 December 2016
    There was repeated disruptive behaviour in the Gallery from an individual. The individual was informed that they will no longer be given access to the House of Commons Chamber, but they are not prevented from attending for the purposes of contacting their MP.

It may be helpful to know that the Metropolitan Police are responsible for security at our access points and for making arrests on the parliamentary estate. Therefore you may also wish to consider submitting your request to them.