§ Mr. Hooley
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will obtain a report from the Chief Constable regarding the nature of the discussions which have taken place between the City of Aberdeen Police and local Rugby football clubs concerning the forthcoming match with the Springbok team in Aberdeen; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Ross
The chief constable of Aberdeen, at my invitation, attended with the other chief constables concerned the conference on Monday, 24th November, at which my hon. Friend the Joint Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland was present. A full discussion of the policing arrangements for the forthcoming Springbok matches took place, and it was agreed that chief constables would seek the co-operation of all concerned in order to maintain public order and also to allow those who so wish to make a peaceful demonstration.