Hooliganism (Football Matches)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 26th October 1967.

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Photo of Mr Dick Taverne Mr Dick Taverne , Lincoln 12:00 am, 26th October 1967

I am aware that a lot of entertainment is being spoiled, but it would be quite improper constitutionally for the Home Office to start instructing officers of police when to prosecute and when not to prosecute. I can assure my hon. Friend on this point that in practice some prosecutions are now being brought under the Public Order Act.