The Telegraph reports that "Commons speaker forgot terror measures" in the panic after last month's "purple flour" disruption of Prime Minister's Question Time.
"Michael Martin forgot to read out specific orders set out on a special card prepared for him by officials in case of a suspected chemical or biological incident while the House was sitting.
In the confusion that followed the disturbance by demonstrators, who pelted the Prime Minister with purple powder-filled condoms, Mr Martin suspended the sitting and led a hasty exodus from the Chamber."
"The procedures, drawn up after advice from counter-terrorism experts, were designed to prevent toxic agents released in the Commons from being spread outside in one of London's busiest areas.
As part of the plan, Mr Martin should have ordered MPs and staff to gather in the voting lobbies on each side of the chamber to be decontaminated.
Although the purple substance proved to be dyed flour, there was widespread criticism of the decision to allow MPs to leave the building before tests could establish whether it posed any risk to others."
We re-iterate our previous criticism of the behaviour of the Members of Parliament and the waste of public money frittered away on the so called "security screen".
"The best defence of Parliament should be to make it absolutely clear that even if terrorists or others succeed in assassinating all our leading politicians, they will not have won. We will mourn the loss of the individual people involved, but we will democratically elect replacements"
Will all the Members of Parliament, the Lords and all the Palace of Wesminster staff now actually undergo some training and practice the proper fire alarm / bomb threat / CBNR threat evacuation and decontamination procedures ?