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West Bromwich Albion Football Club

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 138008, tabled on 25 April 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 24 April 2018 to Question 135890 on West Bromwich Albion Football Club, whether the Sports Ground Safety Association recommended approval of the application by West Bromwich Albion to install rail seating at The Hawthorns.

Answered on

3 May 2018

Spectator safety at sports grounds remains the priority for Government. The Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) is the regulatory body responsible for overseeing and advising on safety at sports grounds. I and my officials meet with and receive advice from the SGSA as part of the normal process of policy development. With regard to the application by West Bromwich Albion (WBA) to install rail seating at the Hawthorns, the Sports Grounds Safety Authority did not make a specific recommendation on whether Ministers should or should not approve the application by West Bromwich Albion.