Lib Dem MP Tom Brake, a member of the ruling Commons Commission, said he was told a review of security at New Palace Yard was underway in December.
He said this included the security at Carriage Gates, which Masood ran through before being intercepted by the hero policeman PC Keith Palmer. An urgent review is underway as officials faced questions about why the entry to one of Britain’s main terror targets was guarded by unarmed officers.
A security assessment presented to a committee of MPs last month identified the Carriage Gates, used by the Prime Minister and ministers arriving by car, as a weak point.
A review was launched into security last December
There but for the grace of God that there was only one attacker
The same gates were identified as a security risk by a review after the July 7 terror attacks in 2005. Mr Brake said: “The review was expected to report back in February but I do not know if it did or did not report back.”
Mr Brake said he has since asked Eric Hepburn, who was appointed as parliamentary security director last May, for an update.
He has not yet responded to the MP, who claims he had been told there were “serious concerns” highlighted about the security at Carriage Gates and New Palace Yard.
A security assessment identified the Carriage Gates as a weak point
On Friday, Acting Metropolitan Police Commissioner Mark Rowley made a personal security assessment of the Westminster estate and was seen scrutinising Carriage Gates for up to 10 minutes.
He then entered Westminster Hall where he signed the book of condolence. Parliamentarians have said the “soft” outer ring of security at the Palace of Westminster must be enhanced after a video showed the gates were left open and apparently unmanned after Wednesday’s terror attack.
The footage shows the aftermath of the deadly assault on PC Palmer in New Palace Yard.
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The same gates were identified as a security risk by a review after the July 7 terror attacks
As armed officers swarm the forecourt having shot dead Masood, the iron gate which allows vehicles to enter can be seen wide open.
No police officers are visible guarding Carriage Gates, fuelling concern the attack might have been worse had Masood been followed by accomplices.
One MP said: “There but for the grace of God that there was only one attacker. Had he simply been the decoy to allow others to infiltrate the estate then the death toll could have been a lot higher.”
Police commissioner and Nigel Evans have said security will now have to be stepped up
Former Metropolitan Police commissioner Lord Blair and former House of Commons deputy speaker Nigel Evans both said security will now have to be stepped up.
Lord Blair told yesterday’s BBC Radio 4’s Today show: “I am absolutely certain there will be a review now of the outer soft ring that those of us who work at the Palace of Westminster are very used to. “
Always behind it is the inner core of armed officers, but PC Keith Palmer has paid with his life for that soft outer rim and I think that his family at least, and everybody else, needs the reassurance that will be reviewed.”