HC Deb 30 November 1893 vol 19 cc95-6
MR. POWELL WILLIAMS (Birmingham, S.)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that in the afternoon of Wednesday, 22nd November, between 2.30 and 3 p.m., the police, acting under the orders of Inspector Veasey, broke up and dispersed an orderly meeting of the unemployed, which was being held upon Tower Hill; will he state what were the reasons which caused the police to act in this manner; and whether he will instruct the police not to interfere with orderly meetings on Tower Hill in the future?


The meeting in question was not an orderly meeting. Three rival speakers attempted to address the crowd in competition with one another. The audience began to hoot; the would-be speakers struggled with one another and fell to the ground; and a free fight ensued. The police then interfered to prevent further disorder. The police never interfere with orderly meetings on Tower Hill, and the suggested instructions are unnecessary.


Is it not a fact that one of the persons-described as speakers was a drunken man who was not in any way connected with the unemployed?


I have had no reason to think that any of the speakers were connected with the unemployed.