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Volume 202: debated on Thursday 23 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will require the use of computerised systems for the registration and licensing of gun shops and firearm dealers.

I have no plans to do so. Under the Firearms Act 1968 firearms dealers (whether owners of gun shops or not) must be registered with the chief officer of police in whose area their business is located. Under the Firearms Rules 1989 the register held by the police may be kept manually or on computer.