Parliament: Security

House of Commons Commission written question – answered on 27th June 2007.

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Photo of Malcolm Bruce Malcolm Bruce Chair, International Development Committee, Chair, International Development Committee

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission

(1) whether there are any plans to replace the visitor stickers issued to visitors on the Parliamentary Estate with another form of temporary pass;

(2) what steps are being taken to address the littering caused by discarded visitor stickers in and outside the immediate vicinities of the Parliamentary Estate; and if he will make a statement;

(3) what steps are being taken to address the environmental impact of discarded visitor stickers on the Parliamentary Estate.

Photo of Nick Harvey Nick Harvey Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

The main step being taken to reduce the environmental impact of discarded visitor stickers is for them to be removed by the contract cleaners and receptacles are provided at exit points for the stickers.

Parliament's cleaning contractor has been instructed to remove all discarded stickers in the immediate vicinity of the Parliamentary Estate, including the Portcullis House colonnade. The company also cleans the area within and including the Corus barriers to the West of the Palace of Westminster. The contract manager has been reminded of the need for frequent cleaning.

A new access control system for the Parliamentary Estate will be introduced in the autumn. Part of this project is to introduce an improved Visitor Management System, which is currently in development. The intention is to provide a paper visitor pass clipped to the person instead of the stickers used at present.

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