Dr Charles Tannock

Member of the European Parliament for London

Security

Question 12th November 2001

Madam President

According to the British press today six Algerian nationals were arrested over the weekend by the French security services. They are allegedly associated with the terrorist group al-Qa'ida and with the five people arrested last year found in possession of maps which marked out the Parliament buildings in Strasbourg and the Cathedral. Given the proximity both in place and time to our current part-session, what information does the President have on their hostile intentions towards Parliament? Given the current climate of suspicion, with another crash in New York of an airliner this evening, what additional security measures will be taken to protect us? I, for instance, was allowed into Parliament this evening without even showing my security pass. What measures can be taken to protect us, given this danger?