HC Deb 23 July 1953 vol 518 c67W
86. Sir F. Messer

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department by what authority the police forbid the holding of meetings at West Green Corner, Tottenham; if he is aware that political meetings have been held at this spot for many years without disorder until the arrival of the Union Movement; and if he will withdraw any order which would prevent freedom of speech.

Sir D. Maxwell Fyfe

It is the duty of the police at public meetings to prevent obstruction and to ensure that there is no breach of the peace. In the performance of this duty the police have found it necessary to restrict the number of meetings held at West Green Corner, where the building of an ornamental garden has recently reduced the capacity of the site. There is no discrimination on the part of the police as between the meetings of particular organisations, and I cannot accept the implication in the last part of the Question.