§ MR. JAMES STUART (Shoreditch, Hoxton)
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether he will lay upon the Table of the House a Copy of the Instructions under which the Metropolitan Police are authorized to act in respect of public meetings held in open spaces in the Metropolis?
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE (Mr. STUART-WORTLEY) (Sheffield, Hallam)
(who replied) said, except a General Police Order which has been public property for many years, and the substance of which is that the police are not to interfere with persons attending political meetings unless especially ordered by the Commissioner, there are no General Instructions upon which the police are authorized to act in respect of public meetings in open spaces. Each case must depend on its own particular circumstances, and must be left to be dealt with according to the discretion of the Chief Commissioner.