HC Deb 19 July 1915 vol 73 cc1148-9

asked the Secretary for Scotland whether he is aware that arrangements are now being made for football matches during the forthcoming season; and whether he is prepared to give timely intimation of the views of the Government to those who arrange such matters, with the view of preventing professional football matches and their detrimental consequences under present circumstances?

The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for WAR (Mr. Tennant)

My right hon. Friend has asked me to answer this question. Although the measures which were taken last year did not realise all that was hoped, in the main the results obtained were satisfactory, and I should like it to be known that the Government look with confidence to those responsible in this matter to restrict the programme of football matches in accordance with the general feeling of the public.


Will it not be possible to convey to those responsible an intimation of the feeling of the Government?


The hon. Gentleman will remember that last year I had repeated conferences with the Football Association; but if the hon. Member so desires, I will undertake to do so.