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Firearms Certificates

Volume 124: debated on Thursday 17 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many new applications for the issue of part 5 firearms certificates were granted during the period from 1 January 1979 until 31 December 1979, and in each subsequent year for the same period;

(2) how many new applications to renew the issue of part 5 firearms certificates were granted during the period from 1 January 1979 until 31 December 1979, and for each subsequent year for the same period;

(3) how many new applications for the grant of part 5 firearms certificates were refused from 1 January 1979 until 31 December 1979, and for the same period in each subsequent year;

(4) how many part 5 firearms certificates remained current and in force on 31 December 1979, and on that date in each subsequent year;

(5) how many new applications for the issue of part 5 firearms certificates during the period from 1 January 1979 until 31 December 1979, and for each subsequent year for the same period, were subsequently withdrawn by the applicants prior to either the grant of or the refusal to issue the certificate being given.

The information requested is not kept on an annual basis and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. There are currently 641 section 5 authorities in existence in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.