HC Deb 31 July 1962 vol 664 cc62-3W
73. Mr. Driberg

asked the Minister of Public Building and Works which organisations have so far applied for the use of Trafalgar Square on Sunday afternoons in the next three months; for which dates they have applied; which of these applications have been granted; and if, in view of the certainty that grave public disorder will be provoked if there is on these occasions incitement to racial hatred and discrimination, he will cancel any permission to hold meetings already granted to Nazi and Fascist organisations.

Mr. Geoffrey Rippon

The following applications have been received:

5th August—The Golborne Rehabilitation Centre.

2nd September—The British National Party.

9th September—The Forward Britain Movement.

23rd September—The Union Movement.

30th September—The Anti-Drink Crusaders.

7th October—The Metropolitan Templar Federation.

14th October—Sinn Fein.

21st October—The Navy League.

All these applications have been granted except those from the Union Movement and Sinn Fein which have Only recently been received and are being considered.

As regards my general policy towards meetings in Trafalgar Square I would refer the hon. Member to my reply to the Private Notice Question from the right hon. Member for Belper on 23rd July (HANSARD, Cols. 953–957 On the information at present before me I can find no grounds for withdrawing the permissions already granted.

Mr. A. Lewis

asked the Minister of Public Building and Works whether, in view of the disturbances which occurred on Sunday, 22nd July, he will refuse permission to Sir Oswald Mosley's Union Movement to hold a further meeting in Trafalgar Square on 23rd September, or on any other suggested date.

Mr. Rippon

I am at present considering an application from the Union Movement for permission to hold a meeting in Trafalgar Square on 23rd September.

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