§ The Chairman of Committees (Lord Brabazon of Tara)
The Speaker of the House of Commons and I have appointed Mr Peter Mason as the Parliamentary Security Co-ordinator. As set out in the Second Report of the House Committee (Paper 196, Session 2003–04), the Security Co-ordinator will be expected, among other responsibilities, to oversee the project of implementing new security measures arising from the Joint Review, to improve co-ordination of security matters between the two Houses and advise on issues which need to be dealt with across the Estate as a whole, and to provide a focus for liaison with the Metropolitan Police and Security Service. The Security Co-ordinator will work with Black Rod and the Serjeant at Arms, who will continue to hold executive responsibility to ensure the security of their 117WS respective Houses. Mr Mason will be on secondment from the Security Service, and his appointment is for a period of two years from January.