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Football Grounds (Safety)

Volume 82: debated on Tuesday 2 July 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what discussions he has had with the Football Grounds Improvement Trust since 29 May about the condition of the Heysel stadium in Brussels and the implications for crowd safety and the control of violence at football grounds in the United Kingdom.

The trust is represented on my working group on the financing of safety improvements at football grounds. The group met for the first time on 23 May 1985 and again on 19 June 1985. Our considerations encompass safety needs at football grounds, in the light of the various recent events.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what further plans the Minister with responsibility for sport has to meet the Football Association and the Football League to discuss football violence.

My informal and formal contacts with the football authorities, to take forward the package of measures to combat football spectator violence, are frequent. We meet formally in the working group which I chair, which is due to meet next on 11 July.