§ Mr. John Evans
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, discounting the 1979 road hauliers' strike, how many complaints were registered with his Department about secondary picketing, in each year since March 1974 by (a) chief constables of police, (b) industrialists, (c) members of the public, and (d) other organisations.
§ Mr. Brittan
Over the last five years the Home Office has received a considerable number of letters from members of the public, including industrialists, about the activities of pickets. But the term " secondary picketing " is not at present defined in law, and the information requested could not be obtained without disproportionate cost.