§ Mr. Swingler
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what special instructions have been issued to the Metropolitan Police in the last week about the protection of the occupants of South Africa House, Trafalgar Square, London;
(2) what special instructions have been issued to the Metropolitan Police in the last week about the treatment of citizens 123W demonstrating against apartheid outside South Africa House, following the massacre at Sharpeville.
§ Mr. R. A. Butler
It is the duty of the police at all times to take steps necessary to preserve public order and to prevent obstruction. It would be contrary to practice to disclose the special instructions, if any, given by the Commissioner of Police on a particular occasion.