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Silentnight Dispute, Yorkshire

Volume 84: debated on Wednesday 30 October 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for a report from the chief constables concerned into the police action in relation to the Silentnight dispute at Sutton in Yorkshire.

I understand from the chief constable of North Yorkshire that there has been an industrial dispute at the Silentnight factory at Sutton-in-Craven since April. The factory has been picketed on most days. On 25 October, 50–60 pickets were present, but on all other occasions the number has not exceeded 20. The chief constable informs me that during the dispute his officers have made 13 arrests and seven people have been reported for summons. He has received one complaint against the police.