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Volume 928: debated on Monday 14 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection if he will institute an independent inquiry to monitor compliance with the Explosives (Age of Purchase etc.) Act and the voluntary agreement on the restriction of sale of fireworks next autumn.

I do not consider an independent inquiry to be necessary. As in 1976, local trading standards departments will no doubt be prepared to report to my Department on compliance next autumn with the Act and the voluntary agreement if asked to do so.