Football: Sportsgrounds

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 24th June 2019.

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Photo of John Mann John Mann Chair, Treasury Sub-Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, in which year the responsible local authority last carried out emergency evacuation tests at each (a) Premier League and (b) Championship football stadium.

Photo of Mims Davies Mims Davies Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

My Department does not hold such information. While the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is responsible for the sports grounds safety legislation, responsibility for the safety of spectators lies at all times with the ground management of individual sports grounds. Certifying and regulating those sports grounds is primarily a matter for individual local authorities.

In accordance with recommendations in the Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds, published by the Sports Grounds Safety Authority, ground management should prepare contingency plans for the evacuation of all people in the event of an emergency from all areas of the ground to a place of safety.

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