HC Deb 20 October 1949 vol 468 cc70-1W
Mr. Gallacher

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has inquired into the circumstances in which about 100 persons assaulted with bottles and other weapons members of the audience at a meeting at the Shore-ditch town hall on 26th September, convened to obtain support for Greek refugees; and, in view of the proximity of the Shoreditch police station to the Shoreditch town hall, how it was that these assaults could take place; and whether he can now make a statement.

Mr. Ede

No information of any kind was received by the police either from the organisers of the meeting or the town hall authorities that a meeting was going to be held with the result that no police arrangements could be made in advance. I am informed by the Commissioner of Police that complaints of one or two minor incidents—not in the vicinity of the police station—have been received, but that the police have no evidence that assaults took place either inside or outside the town hall on this occasion.