A return to terraced standing areas at top football clubs was ruled out tonight by the Government.
Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe said he had discussed calls for 'safe standing areas' with the Football Association, police, local authorities and the Home Office.
In a Commons written reply, he told Labour's Denis Murphy (Wansbeck): 'No new evidence has been presented to suggest that there is a single more effective way of achieving safety as well as public order than all-seater stadia.
'The consensus among all parties is that there is no wish to re-introduce any standing areas at grounds in the top two divisions.
'The Government remains fully committed to the current policy.'