§ Mr. Terry Fields
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people the police have arrested for incidents arising out of the anti-poll tax demonstration in London on 31 March(a) on the day of the demonstration itself and (b) as a result of operation Carnaby; and how many of those arrested have been charged.
§ Mr. Peter Lloyd
I am informed by the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis that 427 people were arrested on 31 March in connection with the disorder which occurred during and following the demonstration in London against the community charge. Of these, 409 have been charged with criminal offences.
Fifty-two people have subsequently been arrested as a result of the continuing police investigation into the disorder. Of these, 39 have been charged with criminal offences.