HL Deb 10 December 1981 vol 425 cc1505-6WA
Lord McCluskey

asked Her Majesty's Government:

To specify the occasion and terms of any statement made by a responsible Minister in Parliament or publicly elsewhere before tthe enactment of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 1980 in which it was suggested that the powers conferred on the police by Section 2 of the Act could, and might, be used in the manner and for the purposes for which they were in fact used by Strathclyde Police on Monday, 23rd November 1981, at Glasgow Green, to detain 108 persons attending a political rally there.

The Earl of Mansfield

The circumstances in which the powers conferred by Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 1980 were exercised by Strathclyde Police in Glasgow Green on 23rd November 1981 were not the subject of a ministerial statement before the enactment of the Act.