Speaker's Statement

– in the House of Commons at 10:33 am on 19th October 2001.

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Photo of Michael Martin Michael Martin Speaker of the House of Commons 10:33 am, 19th October 2001

I have a statement to make. Hon. Members will wish to know that the sitting of the House was delayed for an hour this morning on security advice while a suspect package received in the Members' Post Office was investigated. I understand that it is now safe for the Chamber to be used, although the Members Lobby must remain temporarily closed. Access to the Chamber will be by way of the doors behind the Chair. Of course I regret the inconvenience, but I am sure that Members will co-operate in their own and in the House's interests. As soon as things can be returned to normal, they will be.