HC Deb 12 July 2000 vol 353 c595W
Mr. Jim Murphy

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many football hooligans(a) detained and (b) arrested at (i) Euro 2000,(ii) Copenhagen in May and (iii) the Scotland versus England match last year (A) were added to the Category C list and (B) had restriction orders placed upon them; [128155]

(2) how many of those football fans (a) detained and (b) deported at (i) Euro 2000, (ii) Copenhagen in May and (iii) the Scotland versus England match in Glasgow last year were (1) Category C hooligans and (2) subject to international restriction orders. [128154]

Mr. Straw

The police service in England and Wales ceased to designate individuals involved in football hooliganism by categories A, B, and C, some three years ago, and have replaced this by a more targeted, intelligence-led approach. International Football Banning Orders may be sought as a result of behaviour in jurisdictions outside England and Wales only where an agreement exists for that purpose ad the individual in question has been convicted in that jurisdiction of a football-related offence.

No one has yet been made subject to an International Football Banning Order as a result of events at Euro 2000; it was not possible to impose International Football Banning Orders on persons detained or arrested in Copenhagen as a result of the decision of the Danish authorities not to prosecute such persons; and two people have so far received International Football Banning Orders as a result of convictions associated with the Scotland versus England match last year: additional bans will be sought on receipt of the necessary documentation from the Scottish Crown Office. None of those detained or deported as a result of their behaviour at these events last year were subject at the time to Restriction Orders or International Football Banning Orders.

Mr. Garnier

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his oral statement of 4 July 2000,Official Report, columns 170–73, on football hooliganism, if he will list the offences for which the 409 people arrested in Belgium and Holland were convicted. [129597]

Mr. Straw

Of the 965 England supporters arrested or detained during Euro 2000, 391 had previously been convicted of a criminal offence. The National Criminal Intelligence Service now advise that the convictions are as follows: 133 convictions for violence, 200 for disorder, 38 for the possession of an offensive weapon, 122 for criminal damage and 250 for other offences. Some supporters will have been convicted of more than one type of offence.