HC Deb 19 November 1984 vol 68 c58W
Mr. Nellist

asked the Prime Minister how many proclamations have occurred under the Emergency Powers Act 1920 and the Emergency Powers Act 1964 since 1954; and if she will give details of each occasion.

The Prime Minister

Seven. The details are:

Date of proclamation Date state of emergency ended Nature of dispute
31 May 1955 21 June 1955 Rail strike
23 May 1966 5 July 1966 Seamen's strike
16 July 1970 4 August 1970 Dock strike
12 December 1970 17 December 1970 Electricity workers' strike
9 February 1972 8 March 1972 Coal miners' strike
3 August 1972 2 September 1972 Dock strike
13 November 1973 11 March 1974 Coal miners' and electricity power workers' disputes

Mr. Nellist

asked the Prime Minister on how many occasions and in what industries, troops have intervened in disputes since 1954; and if she will give details.

The Prime Minister

Information relating to the involvement of Service personnel in industrial disputes since 1977–78 is contained in table 7.3 of volume 2 of the statements on the defence estimates from 1980 to 1984.

Comprehensive information on involement in disputes prior to 1977 is not immediately available and cannot be produced without considerable and disproportionate cost and effort. Records show, however, that Service personnel were involved in the following disputes at least:—

1960 Seamen's strike
1966 Seamen's strike
1970 London dustmen
1972 Docks
1973 Glasgow firemen
1975 Glasgow dustmen