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Two reviews into Parliament security announced following Westminster attack

Two reviews into security in Parliament will be held following the terror attack at Westminster, Speaker John Bercow has told MPs.

An independent review will take place into how the perimeter fence of the Parliamentary estate is secured after knife-wielding attacker Khalid Masood ran into New Palace Yard and murdered Pc Keith Palmer last Wednesday.

Mr Bercow said there would also be a second externally-led review on how Parliament responds to major incidents.

Speaking in the Commons, Mr Bercow said: “As would be normal after such events, we are seeking to make sure that any lessons are learned, through two reviews.

“The Lord Speaker and I are commissioning an external independent review of how the perimeter of the Parliamentary Estate – including outbuildings – is secured and protected, to produce a preliminary report by the end of April.

“The two Clerks are commissioning an externally-led lessons-learned review of the operation last week of Parliament’s Incident Management Framework, to report by the end of June.”

He offered tributes to the bravery of Pc Palmer, who died after trying to stop Masood from entering Parliament during last Wednesday’s attack.

Mr Bercow said: “Members will also be aware that 2.40pm today marks a week on from the shocking events of last week, and our thoughts will be in particular with the Metropolitan Police as they mourn their colleague Pc Keith Palmer. ”

Prime Minister Theresa May also paid tribute to the four victims of the Westminster attack at the start of Prime Minister’s Questions.

She said: “Since my statement on Thursday, the names of those who died have been released.

“They were Aysha Frade, Kurt Cochran, Leslie Rhodes and, of course, Pc Keith Palmer.

“I am sure members across the House will join me in offering our deepest condolences to their friends and families.

“The police and security services’ investigation continues and two people have now been arrested and remain in custody.”

Dozens of people were injured when the attacker drove his car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before running into the Houses of Parliament where he was shot by armed police.

Picture: Police activity on Whitehall in London the day after a terrorist attack where police officer Keith Palmer and three members of the public died and the attacker was shot dead. (Jonathan Brady/PA).