§ 20. Mr. Hinchliffe
To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage if he will make a statement on the operation of the Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975 in relation to professional rugby league football.
§ Mr. Brooke
I am empowered under the Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975 to designate for the purposes of safety certification any sports ground accommodating more than 10,000 spectators at which football, rugby or cricket is played. The purpose of certification is to secure reasonable public safety. At present, 25 rugby league grounds are designated under the 1975 Act.