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Demonstrations in Central London

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 4:21 pm on 2nd May 2000.

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Photo of Lord Bach Lord Bach Government Whip 4:21 pm, 2nd May 2000

My Lords, the noble Lord is quite right. Of all the violent offences committed yesterday, speaking personally, I felt that the attack on the Cenotaph was the worst. I shall be careful in choosing my words here, but discussions were held beforehand on what should be done between those responsible for the Cenotaph and the police. My understanding is that advice was given by the police that the Cenotaph should have been fenced or boxed in. I am quite sure that if such a situation is ever again reached, the Cenotaph will be protected.