Houses of Parliament: Post Boxes

House of Lords written question – answered on 4th March 2014.

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To ask the Chairman of Committees who authorised the sealing of post boxes inside the Palace of Westminster near the Royal Gallery on the morning of Thursday 27 February.

Photo of Lord Sewel Lord Sewel Chair, Freedom of Information Advisory Panel (Lords), Chair, Hybrid Instruments Committee (Lords), Chair, Liaison Committee (Lords), Chair, Committee for Privileges and Conduct (Lords), Chair, Procedure and Privileges Committee, Chair, Refreshment Committee (Lords), Chair, Committee of Selection (Lords), Chair, Standing Orders (Private Bills) Committee (Lords), Chair, Accommodation Steering Group Committee, Chair, Sub-Committee on Leave of Absence, Chairman of Committees, House of Lords, Deputy Speaker (Lords), Chair, Hybrid Instruments Committee (Lords), Chair, Liaison Committee (Lords), Chair, Procedure and Privileges Committee, Chair, Committee of Selection (Lords), Chair, Standing Orders (Private Bills) Committee (Lords), Chair, Administration and Works Committee (Lords), Chair, Administration and Works Committee (Lords), Chair, Administration and Works Committee (Lords), Chair, Committee for Privileges and Conduct (Lords), Chair, Refreshment Committee (Lords)

Post boxes near the Royal Gallery were sealed on the morning of Thursday 27 February as a security precaution, based on experience and lessons learned from previous events, ahead of the Address by the Chancellor of the

Federal Republic of Germany to both Houses of Parliament.  The temporary sealing of the post boxes was recommended by the Metropolitan Police Service and authorised by Black Rod.

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