HC Deb 04 July 1985 vol 82 c233W
44. Mr. Gerald Howarth

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has considered the reintroduction of conscription as a means of reducing football and other forms of hooliganism; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Giles Shaw

In her statement to the House on 3 June my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister set out the measures which are being taken to deal with football hooliganism, including the introduction of legislation to control the possession of alcohol at, or on the way to, football matches. We do not regard the reintroduction of conscription as being an appropriate way of dealing with this problem.