Today, the Speaker's House is the best preserved of the residences in the Palace of Westminster--most, such as that of the Serjeant-at-Arms
, have been converted to other uses, and even the Lord Chancellor's has been altered almost out of recognition.
The 6ft 4in bachelor, who has worked for Her Majesty for more than 30 years, was recently made her personal Serjeant-at-Arms
The furore over the Commons police raid on shadow immigration minister Damian Green has put a question mark over the jobs of serjeant-at-arms
Jill Pay, numerous Westminster officials and bag-carrier, and even speaker Michael Martin himself.
In a statement to MPs yesterday, he said the police should have had a warrant before being allowed into Parliament by Commons security boss, the Serjeant-at-Arms
He admitted: He did not "personally authorise" the search of Mr Green's office; police did not have a warrant; the Serjeant-at-Arms
, Jill Pay, signed a "consent form" for the search, but was not told by officers she could have insisted on a warrant; and MrMartin was not asked whether consent should be given, andMs Pay did not consult the Clerk, Malcolm Jack, who is the chief executive of the House of Commons.
Mr Hain is still struggling to get the Westminster authorities to update its centuries-old protective cordon, led by Serjeant-at-Arms
Sir Michael Cummins and his "men in tights".
A spokeswoman for the serjeant-at-arms
, Sir Michael Cummins, said he and Speaker Michael Martin would have the final say on a security shake-up.
A soldier who was educated in the North East is to become the new Serjeant-at-Arms
Other changes Mrs Taylor would like to see include forcing MPs to limit their speeches to ten minutes, the use' of smart cards for voting, suits and ties to replace the tights, cocked hat, buckled shoes and breeches worn by the Serjeant-at-Arms
and other officials, the phasing out of the practice of carrying in sick MPs on stretchers to vote, and simplifying how MPs address each other.
They want the serjeant-at-arms
to repulse guests at Parliament Buildings to avoid what they called crowding in the members' lounge and any other part of the precincts.
Andy Okeyo told reporters they were under strict instructions not to allow journalists into the Assembly precincts during the court-ordered repeat election.The Assembly officials claimed the media "messed us up during the last Speaker's election, which was nullified by the High Court".
Peter grant peterkin has been told that his contract as Serjeant-at-Arms
- one of the most ancient and important offices in the House of Commons - will not be renewed.