HC Deb 07 March 1957 vol 566 c513
13. Mr. Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is aware that on Tuesday, 26th February, a demonstration march of hundreds of old-age pensioners took place in Whitehall; and whether it was with his authority that the police allowed this demonstration in contravention of the Sessional Order concerning processions and demonstrations whilst the House of Commons is in session.

Mr. Simon

My right hon. Friend is informed by the Commissioner of Police that there was no procession in Whitehall and no breach of the Sessional Order.

Mr. Lewis

While not wanting to stop old-age pensioners having demonstrations, may I ask whether the hon. and learned Gentleman is aware that I myself saw this demonstration within the precincts of Westminster? Is it not disgusting that in the year 1957 these poor old people have to march through the streets of London in the pouring rain to demand their rights? Will not the Minister do something to persuade the Government to treat these old-age pensioners decently?

Mr. Simon

As the hon. Gentleman's premises are not borne out by such inquiries as I have made, I can hardly reply to his conclusion.