Security Gaffe Adds Millions to the Cost of Parliament; MI5 Demands Holyrood Redesign to Correct Safety Errors

By Aitken, Mark | The Mail on Sunday (London, England), May 26, 2002 | Go to article overview

Security Gaffe Adds Millions to the Cost of Parliament; MI5 Demands Holyrood Redesign to Correct Safety Errors


Aitken, Mark, The Mail on Sunday (London, England)


Byline: MARK AITKEN

VITAL security and antiterrorism measures are set to add further millions to the cost of Scotland's troubled parliament building, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

In the latest embarrassment for the Holyrood project, security experts and architects last night revealed the extra work should have been included in the original plans.

The blunder was exposed during a sweep of the Edinburgh site by MI5 and police officers, who immediately informed project chiefs of the need to make the walls, roofs and windows blast-proof.

Last night Scottish parliament officials claimed the extra measures for the building, which is already expected to cost more than [pound]280million, were needed in the wake of the destruction of the World Trade Centre in New York last year.

More than a million pounds has already been spent on security for Queensberry House - the historic mansion at the heart of the Holyrood complex - which has been reinforced with steel ring beams.

The extra cost of security is the latest in a catalogue of setbacks and scandals involving the building which is set to cost taxpayers more than seven times the original estimate.

Last night antiterrorist expert Peter Power said: 'There are very few prestigious buildings without security written in at the planning stage. This is not good practice. Someone has not done their research.' Mr Power said the parliament building could be a target for an organisation such as the Scottish National Liberation Army.

The SNLA has admitted responsibility in the past for a number of incidents involving explosives and letter bombs and was recently suspected of sending MSPs packages containing dangerous chemicals disguised as aromatherapy kits.

Professor Paul Wilkinson, director of the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at St Andrews University, said: 'There has been a heightened threat of terrorism since September 11 and many public buildings are having to look at their security measures.

'It is right that the Scottish parliament should do that but I would be surprised if these security measures were not put in before.

'If you are designing a major public building these days, you can't always judge by past experience. You have to consider possible future events.

'This is a very important and expensive building and, in the world we live in now, such a building has to have some attention to measures to minimise the danger from a terrorist attack.' Peter Wilson, the Edinburghbased director of the Manifesto Foundation for Architecture, said: 'The fact that the Scottish parliament is stating that new security measures are needed but not saying what they are or what the costs will be, simply allows for the next report on the progress of the parliament to hide budget overspends. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Security Gaffe Adds Millions to the Cost of Parliament; MI5 Demands Holyrood Redesign to Correct Safety Errors
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.