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Volume 130: debated on Monday 21 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many firearms certificates are at present held by owners in England and Wales.

The latest available information relates to 31 December 1986 and is published in table 2 of the Home Office statistical bulletin, issue 2/88, "Statistics On The Operation Of The Firearms Act 1968", a copy of which is in the Library. Figures for the end of 1987 will be published in a similar bulletin later this year.