HC Deb 27 January 1997 vol 289 c18W
Mr. Pendry

To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what assessment she has made of the work still to be completed by Premier League and Football League clubs to bring their grounds up to the safety standards required in the report of Lord Justice Taylor; and what estimates she has made of the cost of this work. [12358]

Mr. Sproat

Premier League and division one clubs were required to meet the all-seater recommendations in the Taylor report by August 1994. The great majority of clubs meet these requirements. Those few that do not have either been granted an extension to the deadline, on account of their having been recently promoted, or they are relocating to new stadia.

Clubs in divisions two and three of the Football League are not required to go all-seated, but will have to meet certain minimum safety standards for retained standing terraces by August 1999. I understand that the Football Trust is carrying out a survey to establish the costs of remaining safety work.