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Volume 728: debated on Thursday 12 May 1966

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in view of the winding up of the Royal Commission on penal reform, which included the study of the control of hooliganism, what will now be his policy towards this matter; and how far it will affect seaside resorts at bank holiday weekends.

My right hon. Friend will not hesitate to propose that the courts and the police should have stronger powers to deal with hooliganism if this proves necessary. The maintenance of public order in seaside resorts, as elsewhere, is a police responsibility; it will continue to be effectively discharged.