HC Deb 25 July 1986 vol 102 cc546-7W
Mr. Hayes

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has any further information about recent trends in the incidence of football hooliganism and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Hurd

The Association of Chief Police Officers for England and Wales has now collected figures for attendances and arrests at Football League matches, and ejections from grounds, during the 1985–86 season. The figures for divisions 1 and 2, with comparable statistics for the 1984–85 season, are as follows:

The reduction in arrests was in fact slightly greater than I indicated in the reply given to a question from my hon. Friend the Member for Bradford, North (Mr. Lawler) on 4 June at columns 564–65.