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Political Rally (Police Costs)

Volume 975: debated on Monday 3 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for a report from the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis on the number and cost of the extra police officers who were required for the Labour and Communist Parties' rally on 28 November.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for a report from the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis regarding police supervision and marshalling of the demonstration on 28 November organised by the Labour Party against public spending cuts; how many police were involved, and of what ranks; and what was the cost of the operation to public funds.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for a report from the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis on the cost of police operations necessary for the lobby of Parliament arranged by the

A. GREAT BRITAIN
ArmyPoliceCiviliansTotals
1968–71No figures available
1972718
197311
19744343
197511810
197622
197755
197844
1979 (to 28 November)11
Totals916474

Labour Party on Wednesday 28 November.

The policing of this demonstration was an operational matter for the Commissioner, who informs me that a total of 4,037 officers were on duty. The cost could be calculated only at disproportionate expense.