§ 10. Mr. Gallacher
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police, and from which Divisions, were on duty on the evening of 27th November, at Wilmott Street, Bethnal Green, to protect Sir Oswald Mosley; who was the officer in charge; from what routine duties these police were removed; and what was the cost of maintaining these forces on duty for this purpose.
§ Mr. Ede
The greatest number of police officers on duty at any one time on the 544 evening of 27th November, in connection with this meeting, was 97, under the Acting Superintendent, H. Division. Reinforcements were draw from beat and patrol duties in two neighbouring Divisions without additional cost to public funds. It was necessary to employ this number of police to prevent a breach of the peace being caused by opponents of the meeting who, by means of a motorcar with a loudspeaker, incited a crowd to assemble near the premises, and there was reason to apprehend organised violence.
§ Mr. Gallacher
Is not the Minister aware that, if this large body of police had not been employed for that purpose, there would have been no disturbance, as this man would not have come out unless he had been assured that a large body of police were at his disposal?
§ Earl Winterton
Is it not the case that the majority of these police were used to prevent the Communists fighting their natural allies, the Fascists?
§ Mr. Gallacher
Is the Minister aware that, before the war, this man proposed to come to Glasgow, but that when the police said that they could not protect him if he came to Glasgow, he did not come?
§ Mrs. Leah Manning
Am I to understand from my right hon. Friend's original reply that the rest of the streets in this town were left unprotected because the police were taken off their beats?