HC Deb 16 July 1984 vol 64 cc20-1W
Mr. Blair

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for a report from the chief constables for Durham and Northumberland police as to the additional policing costs incurred in relation to the mining dispute on Monday 9 July.

Mr. Hurd

I understand that the information requested is not available at present.

Mr. Marlow

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many serious charges have been brought to date in connection with the coal mining dispute; how many have been fully tried; and if he will summarise the sentences that have been awarded.

Mr. Hurd

There is no standard definition of a `serious' offence. Following is the information available about the nature of offences charged in connection with the miners' dispute between 14 March and 10 July inclusive:

Offences Number of charges
Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1936 (conduct conducive to a breach of the peace) 1,893
Obstruction of a police officer 1,027
Obstruction of the highway 511
Criminal damage 257
Arson 1
Assault on a police officer 256
Assault occasioning actual bodily harm 221
Causing grievous bodily harm 12
Theft 67
Assault with intent to resist arrest 9
Offensive weapon 12
Section 7 of the Conspiracy and Protection of Property Act 1875 (Intimidation) 76
Burglary 1
Handling stolen property 1
Drug offence 1
Attempt (various offences) 9
Drunkenness 57
Unlawful assembly 135
Affray 12
Riot 84
Other offences 85
TOTAL 4,727

In the same period the courts had dealt with 656 cases. Sixty of the defendants were acquitted. In 37 cases the courts imposed a conditional discharge; in 237 cases the defendants were bound over to keep the peace. In 404 cases fines were imposed (the courts making more than one order in some cases). The information available centrally on the level of fine imposed is as follows:

Level of fine Number
under £10 6
£10–£24 35
£25–£49 17
£50–£74 83
£75–£99 151
£100–£149 59
£150–£199 25
£200 and above 28

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