HC Deb 03 December 1987 vol 123 c684W
54. Mr. Fallon

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has any plans to seek to improve the standard of public order at Football League matches.

Mr. Douglas Hogg

The maintenance of public order at Football League matches is the responsibility of the police, whose unremitting efforts have led to a significant improvement in crowd behaviour over the last two years. We have strengthened police powers through the controls on alcohol and the provisions of the Public Order Act 1986. On 1 August, part IV of that Act also gave the courts new powers to make an exclusion order against any person convicted of a football-related offence.

We are determined to make further progress, in partnership with the football authorities and the clubs themselves. The clubs are extending the use of closed-circuit television, which has played a major part in the improved behaviour at football grounds, and are being strongly encouraged to introduce effective membership card schemes. Progress is monitored by a working group chaired by my hon. Friend the Minister for Sport.