Members: Security

Home Office written question – answered on 11th November 2021.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to improve security at MP's surgeries.

Photo of Damian Hinds Damian Hinds Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)

The killing of Sir David Amess at his Essex surgery was a shocking, abhorrent crime and a senseless attack on our democracy. The Government takes extremely seriously the safety and security of Members of Parliament.

The Home Office works closely with Parliament and the Police on the safety and security of Members, who are able to access a range of robust measures under Operation Bridger. As the Home Secretary made clear in Parliament on 20 October, significant work has already been taken forward in response to the tragic incident, and that continues at pace. It would not be appropriate to comment in detail on this work, including in relation to surgeries, or to comment in detail on the security measures that are available to Members of Parliament. Doing so risks compromising the security of Members and their staff.

If Members receive a threat that they believe to be real and immediate, they should call 999 immediately or call x3333 while on the Parliamentary estate; or if they wish to report non-urgent crimes or criminal damage they should call 101.

If Members have any concerns about their safety and security they should contact the Members Security Support Service in Parliament for advice and assistance.

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