§ MR. SYDNEY BUXTON (Tower Hamlets, Poplar)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department why a procession of barge builders and gas stokers was broken up by the police on Mile End Waste on Friday last?
§ MR. MATTHEWS
I am informed by the Commissioner of Police that no intimation of this procession was given to the police, and that the time chosen being night, and the night on which there was a function at the Guildhall and a demonstration of postmen on Clerken-well Green, it was anticipated that inconvenience and possible danger to the public would result from obstruction caused by the march of such a procession, which proceeded through the streets from Mile End Waste. The police, accordingly, informed the processionists that their march could not be permitted, and prevented it taking place.
§ *MR. C. GRAHAM
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the procession was proceeding to Mile End Waste and not through it?