HC Deb 18 October 1976 vol 917 c253W
Mr. Macfarlane

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is satisfied in present circumstances that a £400 maximum fine for football hooligans is adequate.

Mr. John

Football hooligans may be charged with many different offences for which there is a wide range of penalties, including imprisonment. We are satisfied that in general these are adequate, but some are being reconsidered by our Department in the course of a general review of maximum summary fines.

Mr. Rose

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will co-ordinate with police forces and football authorities in the creation of a national policy to prevent hooliganism and violence.

Mr. Merlyn Rees

I hope to discuss the issues raised by the deplorable incidents at the match between Aston Villa and Glasgow Rangers on 9th October with chief officers of police and with representatives of the football organisations, after I have received and considered a report on the match from the Chief Constable of the West Midlands Police. I am keeping in touch with other Ministers concerned.