HC Deb 05 March 1886 vol 303 c16

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether, having regard to recent occurrences, he will now adopt measures for prohibiting in future public meetings from taking place in Trafalgar Square or other similar places, and confining such meetings, under proper restrictions, to certain parks or open spaces to be specified; and, whether he will issue instructions that an adequate force of mounted police shall always be on duty and in readiness on such occasions?


No, Sir; I am not at present prepared to issue any general order as to the places and the manner of holding public meetings. The policy to be followed in each case must be guided by the circumstances of that case. The question of the employment of mounted police on these occasions is now engaging my attention, its importance having been urged by the recent Committee of Inquiry.