Staff news and information

Business continuity information for Defra staff and affected stakeholders and customers.

Incident in Parliament Square, 22 March 2017

This is a message about the incident in Parliament Square on Wednesday 22 March 2017.

Police have asked people to avoid the following areas: Parliament Square; Whitehall; Westminster Bridge; Lambeth Bridge; Victoria Street up to the junction with Broadway and the Victoria Embankment up to Embankment tube. This is to allow the emergency services to deal with the ongoing incident.

The police are treating the incident as terrorist related – you should remain vigilant.

Check travel websites for the latest travel information as there may be disruption. Take care when travelling as there may be overcrowding and consider staggering your journey if possible

Unless the situation changes all Defra group buildings remain open as usual. People should check travel information before beginning journeys.

We’ll update this message further if the situation changes.

Last updated: 18:40 on 22 March


Defra has prepared plans to secure business continuity, covering a wide range of scenarios. The plans include arrangements to communicate with those – stakeholders, customers or staff – who may be affected by an incident. The plans are regularly tested.

This website forms part of those plans. In the event of an incident or problem that significantly affects Defra’s business, in whole or in part, this page, along with Defra’s Business Continuity helpline number, will be used to provide information and news to Defra staff.

Business areas have cascade procedures in place for communicating with colleagues. Information for stakeholders will, as necessary, be provided on the website.

Defra Business Continuity Helpline: 0800 028 6896