§ Mr. Pendry
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the number of criminal proceedings currently in progress in Italy involving alleged offences by citizens of England and Wales which correspond to the offences contained in schedule 1 of the Football Spectators Act 1989; when is the likely date of completion of each of these proceedings; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Douglas Hogg
We understand that 36 England supporters were convicted during the 1990 world cup in Italy. Another eight were released pending trial and a further 23 detained did not have their arrests confirmed and were released. Under bilateral arrangements, the Italian Ministry of Justice informs the British police of any convictions involving such offences; it does this after the legal processes have been completed and any appeals heard. No cases have yet been notified.243W
The Italian authorities have been asked to provide the likely date of completion of proceedings in each of these cases, and I will write to the hon. Member in due course.