This document contains the following information: Following on from case of a Daily Mirror reporter, Ryan Parry, who obtained a job as a footman at Buckingham Palace in November 2003, this report by the Security Commission reviews the recruitment and personnel management arrangements in the Royal households.
The report concludes that the main significance of the Parry case is that it showed that existing procedures are insufficient to expose a fraudulent and dishonest job application; a weakness that could be exploited by terrorists or others to endanger the Queen, her family and official guests, and thereby endanger national security.
Three central recommendations are made to improve procedures, including wider checks on the identity and suitability of applicants in line with data protection and human rights laws, better co-ordination between bodies responsible for Royal security through an annual security plan, and the appointment of a Security Director to develop security procedures across all Royal residences.
This Command Paper was laid before Parliament by a Government Minister by Command of Her Majesty. Command Papers are considered by the Government to be of interest to Parliament but are not required to be presented by legislation.