HC Deb 02 February 1989 vol 146 c385W
64. Mr. Riddick

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether steps are being taken to reduce the cost of policing football matches.

Mr. Douglas Hogg

The aim of the national football membership scheme envisaged in part I of the Football Spectators Bill[Lords] is to break the link between football and hooliganism by disqualifying troublemakers from attendance at all League grounds. In the longer term, the scheme should reduce considerably the heavy police commitment required to maintain order at football matches.

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