The Tory selloff of Government assets along Whitehall will cause major security problems in the future Lord Wallace of Saltaire has warned today.
In a question in the Lords, William Wallace has asked the Government what assessment they have made of the potential security risks posed by the conversion of former Government buildings along major procession routes.
Lord Wallace has also highlighted that there remains a network of World War Two tunnels under Whitehall that link all these buildings together.
Roads regularly used by the queen and foreign dignitaries could soon be lined with “Horseguard Hiltons” that will make security operations much more difficult.
“In their ill thought through drive to cut everything the Tories are willing to sacrifice security to make a quick buck.
“It would be a lot harder to guarantee the protection of the Queen, dignitaries or foreign leaders if you have hotels lining the route.”
“The selling off of assets is something a business does before it folds, not something a nation does on the way up.”