§ 84. Sir W. DAVISON
asked the Home Secretary whether he will instruct the police to see that no demonstrations of any kind are in future held in the vicinity of Thurloe Square, Kensington, seeing that this is a residential neighbourhood with narrow thoroughfares quite unsuited to the holding of public meetings?
§ Sir W. DAVISON
Is my hon. Friend aware that the residents of Thurloe Square only desire the peaceful occupation of their homes; and will he see that they have not again to appeal to their Parliamentary representative in order to get protection against violent demonstrators?
§ Mr. E. SMITH
Has the hon. Gentleman's Department received any further evidence which would warrant a reconsideration of the demand for, a public 2428 inquiry into what took place in this square?
§ Mr. LLOYD
It is the duty of the police to take such precautionary measures as are reasonably necessary in the circumstances to prevent breaches of the peace in the streets and to prevent obstruction of the thoroughfare; but regard must be had, as has already been brought to our notice this afternoon, to the right of free speech in this country.