Coal Industry Dispute

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3rd December 1984.

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Photo of Sir Patrick Mayhew Sir Patrick Mayhew , Tunbridge Wells 12:00 am, 3rd December 1984

There must be evidence of the commission of an offence, including a conspiracy, before there is any reasonable prospect of a conviction. Those who make up the massive crowds that we have experienced during this dispute are at best demonstrators and at worst rioters. As to cases already before the courts, whether any individual is guilty of any offence depends on the evidence against him personally.