Demonstrations: Civil Proceedings

Home Department written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on (a) the provision of information by the police to private companies that are planning or taking civil legal action against protesters, where those protesters may be subject to criminal proceedings, (b) the timing of the provision of such information and (c) provision of other practical assistance by the police to companies taking civil proceedings, including service or quasi-service of court papers; whether her Department has established any formal procedures or organisations to (i) facilitate the flow of any such information and (ii) establish compliance with or breach of any such procedures and policies; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice, The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice

holding answer 13 February 2013

Peaceful protest is a vital part of a democratic society, provided it is within the law. The police’s consultation with protest organisers and affected companies is an operational matter for them, as is the enforcement of any civil proceedings.

The Home Office does not have a specific policy on the disclosure of information by the police to private companies that are planning or taking civil legal action against protestors, where those protestors may be subject to criminal proceedings.

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