Parliament Square (Management) Bill (HL Bill 43)




Make provision for the management of Parliament Square; and for connected


Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and

consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present

Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1 Parliament Square Committee

(1) Within six months of the passing of this Act, the Secretary of State shall by

regulations establish a Committee (“the Committee”) with responsibility for

the management of the controlled area of Parliament Square.

(2) 5The Committee’s membership shall be made up of representatives of all of the

bodies which own or have responsibility for the controlled area of Parliament

Square. Representatives of the Metropolitan Police shall also be members of the


(3) The Committee shall coordinate the work of its members in order to ensure

10that the controlled area of Parliament Square is kept clear of litter, detritus or

other debris.

(4) The Committee shall report annually to both Houses of Parliament.

2 Demonstrations in Parliament Square

(1) The Committee shall cooperate with any relevant bodies to facilitate lawful,

15authorised demonstrations in the controlled area of Parliament Square.

(2) The Committee shall have the power to authorise the removal of any—

(a) tent erected in the controlled area of Parliament Square,

(b) other structure that is designed, or adapted, (solely or mainly) for the

purpose of facilitating the sleeping or staying in a place for any period

20erected in the controlled area of Parliament Square, or

(c) sleeping equipment placed in the controlled area of Parliament Square

for the purpose of sleeping overnight in that area.

(d) litter, detritus or other debris.

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(3) The Committee shall ensure that between midnight and 6am every night any

items listed in subsection (2) are removed.

3 Interpretation

For the purposes of this Act, the “controlled area of Parliament Square” means

5the area of land that is comprised in—

(a) the site in Parliament Square on which the Minister of Works was

authorised by the Parliament Square (Improvements) Act 1949 to lay

out the garden referred to in that Act as “the new central garden”, and

(b) the footways that immediately adjoin the central garden of Parliament

10Square. “Footway” has the same meaning as in the Highways Act 1980

(see section 329(1) of that Act).

4 Short title, commencement and extent

(1) This Act shall come into force at the end of a period of three months beginning

with the day on which this Act is passed.

(2) 15This Act extends to England and Wales only.

(3) This Act may be cited as the Parliament Square (Management) Act 2011.