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Public Order Laws

Volume 174: debated on Thursday 14 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is considering any amendments to the public order legislation currently in force.

In reply to a question from my hon. Friend, my right hon. Friend the Member for Witney (Mr. Hurd), the then Home Secretary, announced on 26 October 1989 at column 620 that an evaluation of section 39 of the Public Order Act 1986 was to be undertaken to obtain a clearer picture of the consistency and effectiveness of its application. We are now considering the representations received.My right hon. and learned Friend is also considering the recommendations in Lord Justice Taylor's final report on the Hillsborough stadium disaster for the creation of some new offences and penalties in connection with behaviour at sports grounds.