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Grunwick Processing Laboratories Ltd (Picketing)

Volume 934: debated on Tuesday 28 June 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers have now been injured in the violence at the Grunwick factory; and what is the nature of their injuries.

The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis tells me that 95 police officers have received minor injuries. Two officers have received more serious injuries; one received a head wound and the other is suffering from a chipped heel bone.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will indicate the name and rank of the police officer who, in connection with the Grunwick dispute, decided to limit the number of pickets to six; and whether this decision was personally endorsed in advance by the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis or himself;(2) if he will indicate the name and rank of the police officer who, in connection with the Grunwick dispute, decided to arrange for the bus carrying workers to drive through the picket line without stopping; and whether this decision was personally endorsed in advance by the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis or personally endorsed in advance by the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis or himself;(3) if he will indicate the name and rank of the police officer who, in connection with the Grunwick dispute, decided not to make charges against the driver of the bus carrying workers despite complaints of dangerous driving made by hon. Members and others; and whether this decision was personally endorsed in advance by the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis or himself;(4) if he will indicate the name and rank of the police officer who, in connection with the Grunwick dispute, decided to pursue a policy of arrest of bystanders for obstruction; and whether this decision was personally endorsed in advance by the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis or himself;(5) if he will indicate the name and rank of the police office who, in connection with the Grunwick dispute, decided whether to issue special instructions; and whether this decision was personally endorsed in advance by the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis orhimself;(6) if he will indicate the name and rank of the police officer who, in connection with the Grunwick dispute, decided to seal off with a cordon one entrance road to the works; and whether this decision was personally endorsed in advance by the Commissioner of Policeof the Metropolis or himself;(7) if he will indicate the name and rank of the police officer who, in connection with the Grunwick dispute, decided to restrict the movement of newspaper, radio and television reporters and cameramen during the arrival of the bus carrying workers; and whether this decision was personally endorsed in advance by the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis or himself.

These are operational matters for which the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis is responsible.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the total number of police officers deployed outside the Grunwick Film Processing Laboratories, Willesden, on each day since 13th June; what was the cost to public funds of providing these levels of deployment; and what were the official estimates of the numbers of pickets and supporters present on each of these days.

The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis tells me that the maximum number of police available for duty outside the laboratories each day was as given below, but these totals do not necessarily represent the number engaged at any time during the day. The numbers given for pickets and demonstrators represent the maximum numbers estimated to be present at any time in the day. For much of each day the numbers were considerably smaller.

Number of police officers availableEstimated number of pickets/ demonstrators
13th June308700
14th June503700
15th June356700
16th June521700
17th June6881,500
20th June5561,200
21st June7651,000
22nd June631800
23rd June7932,000
24th June1,5212,200
27th June1,356900
The information about costs could not be obtained without disproportionate expense.