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Commons security report 'leaked'
Armed police outside Westminster
Recent breaches have prompted a review of security
A leaked report has recommended tough new security measures at the Palace of Westminster in the wake of a series of recent breaches, a newspaper claims.

The Sunday Times says it has received a copy of the document put together by MI5 and the Metropolitan Police.

The 250-page document reportedly calls for electric fences, road blocks and a permanent bullet-proof screen across the public gallery in the Commons.

Authorities at Westminster have declined to comment on the leak.

Prevent attacks

But they told the paper that any changes found to be necessary would be implemented in the near future.

The Home Office also declined to comment.

SECURITY MEASURES
Electric fencing around the perimeter of the Palace
Road closures around Parliament Square
A boom barrage to protect against boats carrying bombs
CCTV cameras in all corners and corridors of the Commons
Compulsory ID badges to be worn at all times
A permanent bullet-proof screen across the public gallery
A new security co-ordinator for Parliament
Source: Sunday Times
The recommendations of the report include the installation of an electric fence around all parts of the perimeter of the palace, CCTV cameras in all corners and corridors of the Commons and a boom barrage across the Thames to prevent attacks by boats carrying explosives.

According to the Sunday Times there are no plans for a high concrete wall around Westminster or a security screen over the terrace overlooking the river.

The report was commissioned by Speaker Michael Martin after a series of security breaches in the Commons.

The first came when a group of campaigners for fathers' rights hit Prime Minister Tony Blair with a flour-bomb thrown from the public gallery.

Greenpeace protesters later scaled Big Ben and pro-hunt protesters managed to invade the floor of the debating chamber itself.

A Sun reporter also smuggled in fake bomb-making equipment.

According to the House Of Commons Commission spokesman, some changes have already been introduced since the security breaches.


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