HC Deb 29 January 1982 vol 16 c451W
Mr. Nicholas Winterton

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has any evidence of vigilante groups operating in east London and in other inner city areas; if he will seek to proscribe the East London Workers against Racism vigilante group; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Whitelaw

I am opposed to the formation of so-called "vigilante groups", whether in London or elsewhere. If such groups act in breach of the criminal law, the police will take appropriate action. I have no power to proscribe such organisations.