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Firearms (Legislation)

Volume 960: debated on Friday 15 December 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library all proposals made for tighter laws on firearms in Europe; and if he will report on the present position of any relevant negotiations.

I have arranged for a copy of the European Convention on the Control of the Acquisition and Possession of Firearms by Individuals to be placed in the Library of the House. The aim of the convention is to prevent the avoidance of national firearms controls by persons purchasing weapons in participating countries other than their own. The United Kingdom has signed the convention but reserved the right not to apply the "double authorisation" procedure—Chapter III—and not to apply the notification procedure—Chapter II—in respect of shot guns, air weapons, ammunition and telescopic sights. Some amendments will be needed

GradeNumber in postSalary scale
Chief probation officer59*£5,770–£8,875§including supplements
Deputy chief probation officer2375 per cent. of the chief officer's salary
Assistant chief probation officer145†£6,297–£6,810 (4-point scale)
Senior probation officer933‡£5,193–£5,850(5-point scale)
Main-grade officer4,027£3,624–£5,034 provinces (10-point scale)
£3,822–£5,313 London (11-point scale)
Part-time officer121As above pro rata
Temporary officer20Based on main grade
*Figure includes four regional staff development officers.
†Figure includes four assistant regional staff development officers.
‡Figure includes two assistant regional staff development officers.
§The scale consists of 22 incremental points, which are arranged into three groups. Every chief probation officer post, except for those in the five largest metropolitan areas—Inner London, West Midlands, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and West Yorkshire—for whom special salary scales have been fixed, is assigned a five-point salary scale within one of the groups according to criteria agreed by the joint Negotiating Committee for the Probation Service. A pay settlement under phase 3 of the Government's pay guidelines has not yet been reached for chief and deputy chief officers.
The Department does not have detailed information about salary levels for probation service staff other than probation
Administrative, clerical and secretarial2,340736
Day training centres2415
Student training units222
Regional staff development HQ72
Hostels, homes etc.:
Wardens or managers61
Deputy or assistant wardens or managers101
Sessional supervisors16610

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will list in theOfficial Reportthe additional duties, statutory and other wise, which have been placed upon pro- to the Firearms Act 1968 to enable the United Kingdom to ratify and implement the convention, but the controls applicable in the United Kingdom will be substantially unaffected.