§ Lord Ouseley
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Why arrests data relating to offences inside and outside football stadia in respect of the previous season were not published in August this year, as in previous years. [HL4619]
§ Baroness Scotland of Asthal
The Home Office published its statistics on football-related arrests and banning orders for the 2003–04 season on 23 October.
The statistics were published in October, unlike those for the past two years which were published in August, to enable collation of full information from local police forces and to allow Parliament to return from recess. Future publications of the statistics are likely to be in October.