§ MR. LABOUCHERE (Northampton)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that certain persons who have been brought to the county of Durham by the Marquess of Londonderry to assist in the evictions now being carried on on his property, having refused to take part in the evictions, have been detained by the police; whether he is aware that the persons who were engaged to carry out the furniture of the evicted 1694 tenants were prevented by the police from leaving when they desired to do so, and that they were hindered when at their lodgings from communicating with individuals with whom they wished to speak; whether he is aware that the police expelled by force the inmates from houses from which their furniture had been or was being removed; and would he state on what authority the police acted in this manner?
§ MR. MATTHEWS
I have received a Report from the Chief Constable only as to the first paragraph of the question. He informs me that the persons in question have not been detained by the police, and that those who wished to go have left. I have asked the Chief Constable to supply me with the other information asked for bv the hon. Member.