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Public Disorder (Police Reserves)

Volume 115: debated on Friday 1 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, pursuant to his answer of 26 March, Official Report, column 224, he will call for a report from the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis as to the number of officers held in reserve on 21 March and the anticipated scene of possible public disorder.

The Commissioner informs me that 460 officers were held in reserve for use if there had been an outbreak of public disorder in Tottenham. Fortunately. there was not.