§ 35. Mr. Hayward
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what steps the Government are taking to seek to prevent hooligans travelling from the United Kingdom and causing trouble at football matches abroad; and if he will make a statement.235W
§ Mr. Tracey
For matches in Europe we have the European convention, agreed last year following this Government's initiative. Specifically for the Mexico World Cup we are preparing appropriate action with the football authorities; I expect to make an announcement about this soon.
§ Mr. Tracey
It appears that the package of measures developed by the Government with the football authorities has brought good results. All reports indicate a better atmosphere at Football League matches so far this season. There have been no major incidents inside grounds. The latest police figures show that arrests inside grounds, and ejections from grounds, are down by 30.5 per cent. in Division 1 and by 22 per cent. in Division 2 compared with the same period last season. No one can be complacent. But I pay tribute to the efforts by the clubs and police forces so far; and to the Football Trust which has provided funds for the important installation of closed circuit television at grounds. I understand that the alcohol restrictions imposed by the Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol etc.) Act 1985 have also helped the police considerably. The football hooliganism problems are longstanding and require continued vigilance. We will continue to review progress and measures with the football authorities.