Parliament Square

House of Lords written question – answered at on 15 November 2011.

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Photo of Lord Marlesford Lord Marlesford Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what legal steps have to be completed before the removal of tents and other prohibited items from Parliament Square under the provisions of Section 145 of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 can start.

To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the provisions of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 for the clearance of tents and other items being used by protesters in Parliament Square to be implemented; and when they expect the removal of the camping sites from the Square to be completed.

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they consider that they have the full legal powers needed to clear up Parliament Square; and what action to this end has been taken since the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 received Royal Assent on 15 September.

Photo of Lord Henley Lord Henley The Minister of State, Home Department

The Government must make a commencement order before the relevant provisions of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility (PRSR) Act 2011 are brought into force. In addition, the Act will allow Westminster City Council, the Greater London Authority, and the Royal Parks to attach the power of seizure to their by-laws to deal with any displacement activity that results from clearing Parliament Square.

We are working closely with Westminster City Council, the Greater London Authority and the Metropolitan Police Service to ensure that there are plans in place to implement the new legislation as soon as possible.

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