§ Mr. Barber
The following figures—based on 1951=100—bring up to date the table I gave in reply to the hon. Member's Question on 11th April, 1960:
nection with the recent wedding, details of which have been set to him by the hon. Member for Erith and Crayford, which affected the usual parking places in the vicinity of St. Clement Dane's Church; between which hours of the day the restrictions were in operation; and in how many cases cars were towed away, necessitating the payment of a £2 removal fee by their owners.
§ Mr. R. A. Butler
I am informed by the Commissioner of Police that he issued directions that between 6.0 a.m. and 6.0 p.m. on 20th June, 1961, vehicles were not to be permitted to wait in certain streets in the vicinity of the church.
Fourteen cars which had been parked in disregard of the directions were removed by the police.
§ 52. Mr. Dodds
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the number of additional police on duty in the vicinity of St. Clement Dane's church in connection with the recent wedding there, details of which have been sent to him by the hon. Member for Erith and Crayford; what was the total of police hours involved; from whom the request for extra police came; and to what extent the expense incurred is recoverable from the parties concerned.
§ Mr. R. A. Butler
The Commissioner of Police arranged for 59 police officers to be on duty near St. Clement Dane's from 3.15 p.m. to 5.45 p.m. on 20th June. In addition, 12 officers were detailed to control traffic in the surrounding area, and 23 officers were held in reserve.59W
No request for extra police to be stationed near the church was made to the Commissioner. The arrangements were made in pursuance of the Commissioner's duty to maintain the flow of traffic and minimise inconvenience. The cost incurred falls on the Metropolitan Police Fund.