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Volume 82: debated on Tuesday 2 July 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations he has received advocating stricter controls on shotguns and proposing that they should be numbered; and if he will make a statement.

We have received representations from various sources, including hon. Members, local authority associations, local authorities and police authorities and members of the public. Only a few of these specifically refer to numbering, but many suggest that section 1 of the Firearms Act 1968 should be extended so as to cover long-barrelled shotguns, which would in effect necessitate the introduction of a numbering system. My right hon. and learned Friend continues to keep the law on shotguns under close review, but we have no plans at present to introduce a numbering requirement.