HC Deb 20 July 1965 vol 716 cc193-4W
Mr. Hogg

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases have been reported to the Metropolitan Police recently of outrages against specifically Jewish property in the Metropolitan Police district; in how many cases proceedings have been brought and with what result; and whether he is satisfied that adequate measures are being taken for the protection of synagogues and churches against outrage.

Sir F. Soskice

Since 1st September, 1964, there have been five incidents of arson and four of attempted arson at synagogues and one of arson at a Jewish house, as well as 55 cases of lesser offences such as slogan-daubing and fly-posting. On 19th March last a youth was fined £3 for possessing an offensive weapon and a man has recently been arrested in connection with an arson attempt. The police are in close touch with the Jewish religious authorities and are paying special attention to synagogues throughout the Metropolitan Police District.