HC Deb 19 March 1996 vol 274 c155W
Sir Teddy Taylor

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will assess the financial problems for association football clubs arising from the costs imposed by police services in respect of the attendance of police officers at games; and if he will make a statement. [20872]

Mr. Maclean

[holding answer 18 March 1996]: The taxpayer already foots the bill for policing outside football grounds as part of the duty of the police to keep the peace and prevent crime. It is right for those who benefit—the club and the supporters attending the match—to pay for police services inside grounds.