HC Deb 09 November 1920 vol 134 c1023W
Viscount CURZON

asked the Home Secretary whether, when it is considered necessary to use mounted police and to institute a charge of mounted police upon a crowd for the purpose of maintaining law and order, it is the practice of the officer in command to give any unmistakable warning; and, if not, will he consider the use of bugles in such a case if not already provided for?


I am afraid the suggestion as to the use of bugles is impracticable. An officer in command of a detachment must be free to take action as circumstances arise. A charge would never be made until all other means of dispersing a disorderly crowd have proved ineffective, or until an attack has been made on persons or property and immediate action has become necessary.