Parliament Square

House of Lords written question – answered at on 22 November 2010.

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Photo of Lord Marlesford Lord Marlesford Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to remove permanent protest encampments from the grass and pavements of Parliament Square; and whether they will arrange for the area to be cleared of all detritus at some point between midnight and 6 am each night.

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people, on average, spend the night on the pavements in Parliament Square.

To ask Her Majesty's Government when the grass area in Parliament Square will be available for public protest.

Photo of Baroness Neville-Jones Baroness Neville-Jones Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)

The Government have been working with the Greater London Authority, the Metropolitan Police and Westminster City Council to introduce measures in a First Session Bill so that people can exercise their right to protest while ensuring that the law is able to prevent the mess and noise associated with encampments.

The Government do not hold information on how many people spend the night on the pavements on Parliament Square. We understand from the Metropolitan Police that six individuals have permission to demonstrate on the pavements and have had conditions placed on their demonstrations which include allowing them to have up to 20 persons with them.

The Greater London Authority is responsible for management and care of Parliament Square Garden. We understand from the GLA that the fence around the grass will come down once all repairs and outstanding legal action have been completed.

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