HC Deb 23 July 1986 vol 102 c240W
Mr. Meadowcroft

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on Her Majesty's Government's policy on public order in the light of the Gifford report into the Tottenham riots, a copy of which has been sent to him.

Mr. Giles Shaw

Our aim remains to encourage the police to establish and maintain the good working relationship with the community, which is an essential basis for preventing crime and disorder; to ensure that the police have the manpower and the equipment necessary to tackle disorder effectively if and when it occurs; and to ensure that the law gives the police sufficient powers to prevent and deal with disorder while preserving our traditional rights of peaceful protest and assembly.

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