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Football (Arrests)

Volume 175: debated on Wednesday 4 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) if he will list the 92 Football League clubs together with the total season's attendance for Football League matches, total number of arrests made at such matches and the number of arrests as a percentage of the total attendance, for the seasons 1987–88 and 1989–90;(2) if he will publish a table showing the total attendance at Football League matches in England and amount of water used, it has been seen as potentially the fairest way of charging. But general metering will involve considerable expenditure, as the report demonstrates.The trials have now been under way for about 18 months and, in the majority of cases, customers have been charged on their consumption of water for about a year. The full results will not be known until the trials have been completed in about two years' time. In the meantime a considerable amount of information has been collected about the costs and problems of installing meters and this has been assembled in the second interim report.The report provides valuable information which will contribute to the debate on what future methods of charging the industry should adopt. This will be carried forward by the consultation paper which the Director General of Water Services intends to issue later this year.