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Building Security

– in the Scottish Parliament on 27th March 2014.

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Photo of Richard Lyle Richard Lyle Scottish National Party

6. To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, in light of a member of the public recently accessing the Parliament’s roof, whether it plans to implement extra security measures. (S4O-03085)

Photo of David Stewart David Stewart Labour

We constantly review our security measures and, where appropriate, seek to make adjustments. We do not, however, consider the incident on 20 February to be a breach of Parliament’s security. At no point was access gained to the Parliament’s interior, and the incident was handled by the police unit as an antisocial behaviour matter.

We are looking at the exterior of the Canongate building, which the individual climbed up, to see whether further practical measures can be added to prevent climbing.

Photo of Richard Lyle Richard Lyle Scottish National Party

Who regularly reviews security in Parliament? Are any meetings held with Police Scotland to review the security of the Parliament?

Photo of David Stewart David Stewart Labour

Yes. A police unit is based in the building and we have close relations with Police Scotland. As I said in my answer to the previous question, we take general advice from the security services. Richard Lyle will know that we currently have extensive electronic security systems in place, including perimeter intruder detectors and closed-circuit television.