§ Miss Maynard
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for a report from the chief constable of south Yorkshire under section 30(1) of the Police Act 1964 into (a) the policing of the premises of Trent regional health authority on 1 October, (b) the number of people charged and the offences with which they were charged and (c) the number of people who subsequently required hospital treatment.
§ Mr. Giles Shaw
The chief constable tells me that on 1 October a small number of police officers were sent to the Trent regional health authority's premises in Old Fulwood road, Sheffield, because there was reason to believe that members of the National Union of Public Employees would be demonstrating against the employment of contract cleaners, who were due to begin work there that day. When the contract cleaners arrived for work, a number of demonstrators tried to prevent them entering the premises. Four people were arrested. Three of them were charged, with (i) assault on the police and conduct likely to cause a breach of the peace, (ii) obstructing a police officer and (iii) assault on the police. The fourth, who was arrested for obstructing a police officer and assault on the police, was reported for process by way of summons.
Two people, including a police officer, required hospital treatment.