HC Deb 10 June 1912 vol 39 cc532-3
41. Mr. FREDHALL (Dulwich)

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, in reply to a request for protection from the London Waterside Manufacturers' Association, he informed the association that if any of their members suffered from rioting, violence, or illegal intimidation they should communicate with the Metropolitan Police; and, if so, whether he will state what steps he proposes to take in the case of anticipated molestation?


I advised the association to apply to the Metropolitan Police, and I said the police would do their utmost with the resources at their command to supply protection. During the past week special protection has been given to a larger number of men at work than on any previous occasion, and, if the need for it continues, the protection will be continued.


Taking into consideration the speech made by the right hon. Gentleman on Thursday last, may I ask whether there is any utility whatever in applying for police aid until rioting has actually taken place, or whether the police are to be utilised for preserving order—


That is not a question; the hon. Member is making a speech.