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World Cup (Deportations)

Volume 175: debated on Wednesday 4 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many representations his Department has received on the subject of deportations from Italy for alleged hooliganism at the World Cup tournament; and if he will make a statement.

Sixty of those persons removed from Italy have so far approached the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for assistance in recovering their personal possessions from Italy.In addition, I received a call on 2 July from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Small Heath (Mr. Howell).

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action he proposes to take to recover the belongings of innocent British citizens deported from Italy for alleged hooliganism at the World Cup tournament.

British consular officials are helping the Italian authorities to identify and locate the personal possessions left in Italy by British nationals who were removed following recent disturbances at Rimini. To assist in this exercise, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has written to all those who gave proper addresses to the Italian police.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations his Department has made to the Italian authorities over the deportation of innocent British citizens from Italy for alleged hooliganism at the World Cup tournament.

None. We have not received any evidence about the circumstances of the removal of the British citizens from Italy which would justify representations.