§ Mr. Kaufman
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences under public order legislation took place in the Metropolitan police area in 1985; and how many persons were convicted of such offences.
§ Mr. Giles Shaw
The information that is available on offences recorded by the police relates to offences of riot, unlawful assembly, causing an affray, and placing or 57W despatching articles to cause a bomb hoax, most of which are offences under common law. A total of 638 such offences were recorded by the Metropolitan police in 1985. The number of convictions in 1985 is not yet available.