Police: Special Services

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:05 am on 11th March 2004.

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Photo of Baroness Walmsley Baroness Walmsley Shadow Minister, Home Affairs 11:05 am, 11th March 2004

My Lords, does the Minister agree that the Home Office guidance on charging for the policing of football matches, to which she has just referred, could serve as an appropriate model for the charging for the policing of fairgrounds? Is she aware that in Chapter 13 of those notes of guidance it states:

"It is recognised that local circumstances cannot be ignored . . . In addition, the financial plight of some clubs is a significant consideration and asking for full economic recovery"— of the cost of policing—

"could lead to problems with recovering the debt and severe financial problems for the club"?

Does not the Minister agree that the same sort of consideration should be given to some of our ancient charter fairs that some would believe are more part of our culture than football clubs?