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Coal Industry Dispute

Volume 79: debated on Friday 24 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people are in prison as a result of incidents arising from the miners' strike; and what are their alleged offences.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people charged with riot and unlawful assembly for offences in connection with the miners' dispute have (a) been acquitted or (b) had the charges withdrawn.

The information requested is given in the table.

Charges of Riot and Unlawful Assembly for Offences in Connection with the Miners' Dispute
Police ForceRiot Charge withdrawnAcquittals of RiotUnlawful Assembly charge withdrawnAcquittals of Unlawful Assembly
Nottinghamshire4110616
South Yorkshire*8
Derbyshire216
Staffordshire†—
Durham‡ —
* 19 charges were ordered by the court to lie on the file.
† 9 charges of riot were effectively amended to charges of unlawful assembly.
‡7 charges were ordered by the court to lie on the file.