Memorandum submitted by Westminster City
In our written response to the Joint Committee
on the Draft Constitutional Renewal Bill, we spoke at length of
the main streams of legislation relating to noise management,
and their impact on the regulation of protests around Parliament
In this response we concluded that, purely from
a noise perspective, current legislation has "worked"
in all cases except for political protests and specifically the
case of Mr Haw. This relates to a specific exemption within existing
legislation for political demonstrations or demonstrations supporting
or opposing a cause or campaign.
The role of the City Council, in conjunction
with our partners in the Metropolitan Police, should be one of
facilitating lawful demonstrations while preserving public order.
In this regard we fully support the line taken by the Metropolitan
Police to repeal the sections 132 to 138 of the Serious Organised
Crime and Police Act, 2005 and harmonise the Public Order Act
with specific provisions that will allow the MPS to effectively
manage protests and assemblies.