§ Mr. Michael Brown
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will take action to prevent convicted football hooligans from travelling to football matches abroad.
§ Mr. Hurd
Yes. I intend to bring forward proposals for the courts to be given powers to prevent convicted football hooligans from attending matches abroad, by requiring them to report to an agency in this country at times when certain matches are due to take place. The courts would have power to impose a restriction order on a person convicted of a football-related offence here in any case in which the order would help to reduce the risk of disorder and violence at matches abroad. I am also considering how a restriction order might similarly be imposed following conviction for a football-related offence abroad. Provisions will be included in the Football Spectators Bill, to be introduced by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment.