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Public Events (Policing)

Volume 79: debated on Monday 20 May 1985

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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 as to the numbers of police estimated to have been in attendance at, and the number of arrests made in connection with, each of the public events listed in (a) appendix 10 to the report of the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis for 1982, (b) appendix 3(ii) of the Commissioner's report for 1983 and (c) appendix 11 to the Commissioner's report for 1981.

Information regarding the number of police officers deployed at each of these events is given in the appendices referred to. I understand from the commissioner that information regarding arrests in 1981 and 1982 is not readily available and can only be obtained at disproportionate cost. The information in respect of 1983 is as follows:

22 JanuaryDemonstrations on 'G' district following the incident involving Colin Roach22
22 MarchState visit of the President of ZambiaNil
17 AprilLondon marathonNil
24 AprilDemonstration by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection26
7 MayYouth CND march28
28 MayTrooping the colour—1st rehearsalNil
4 JuneTrooping the colour—2nd rehearsalNil
5 JunePeoples' march for jobsNil
11 JuneTrooping the colourNil
22 JuneState opening of ParliamentNil
25 JuneDemonstration by the Society for the Protection of the Unborn ChildNil
23 JulyAnimal Aid marchNil
30 JulyMeetings 'Y' district—in connection with the "Albert Mariner public inquiry campaign"9
29–30 AugustNotting Hill carnival84
22 OctoberCND march and rallyNil
12 NovemberDemonstration by the British Union for Abolition of Vivisection24
31 DecemberNew Year's eve festivities32

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for a report from the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis as to (i) the public events which took place between 1 January 1984 and 25 February 1985 in the Metropolitan police district which required the attendance of more than 1,000 officers and (ii) the number of officers in attendance; the number of members of the public estimated by the police to have been in attendance; and the number of arrests made by the police in connection with each event, respectively.

I understand from the commissioner that the public order events requiring the attendance of more than 1,000 officers in the period specified were as follows



Number of police

Number of participants (where appropriate)


29 March 1984NALGO— TUC Democracy day1,4859,00034
21 April 1984Libyan Peoples Bureau siege
Day 51,056nil
Day 61,017nil
Day 71,424nil
Day 81,424nil
Day 91,484nil
Day 101,583nil
Day 111,469nil
12 May 1984BUAV march to protest against proposals to replace Cruelty to Animals Act 18761,1723,500nil
13 May 1984London marathon1,744nil
2 June 1984Anti-apartheid march (reference visit of P. W, Botha)1,53613,50028
7 June 1984NUM march and lobby of Parliament1,3507,500120
7 June 1984Economic summit conference1,726nil
8 June 1984Economic summit conference1,283nil
9 June 1984Economic summit conference1,08513
9 June 1984CND march and Economic summit events5,76451,000201
9 June 1984Trooping the colour (second rehearsal)1,225nil
10 June 1984Sikh march3,55535,0006
16 June 1984Trooping the colour ceremony1,410nil
27 June 1984NUM day of action1,40911,500nil
27 August 1984Notting Hill carnival7,718150,00030
28 August 1984Notting Hill carnival200,00081
23 October 1984State visit of President Mitterand2,1285
6 November 1984State opening of Parliament1,592nil
7 November 1984Democracy for London campaign march and rally1,382400nil
11 November 1984Remembrance day morning ceremony1,088nil
18 November 1984Policing the Ban on Marches in the Metropolitan police district1,390nil
31 December 1984New Year's eve celebrations1,30550,00082
25 February 1985NUM defence committee march1,61513,000121