HC Deb 05 November 1936 vol 317 cc220-1
13. Mr. R. ACLAND

asked the Home Secretary whether he intends to hold any inquiry into the disturbances which occurred in Thurloe Square on the 22nd March last?


My right hon. Friend can find no sufficient ground for modifying the decision which he announced during the Debate on the Adjournment on 25th March last.


Is the hon. Member aware that one of the real causes of public disturbance is a doubt as to the impartiality of the police? If I can give authoritative evidence that an inquiry is needed, will the Minister consider whether one should not be held, in order to establish the impartiality of the police?


My right hon. Friend has very carefully considered the matter, and he finds no grounds to modify his decision. I think the opinion of the House is that the police are handling admirably a very difficult situation.


Is the hon. Member satisfied from the evidence placed at his disposal that the police exercised no undue violence in dispersing the crowd in Thurloe Square or that they gave reasonable notice to the crowd to disperse before charging them with batons?


Yes, Sir.