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Volume 301: debated on Wednesday 19 November 1997

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To ask the President of the Board of Trade which Ministers responsible for firework safety have visited (a) Liverpool, (b) Manchester, (c) Newcastle, (d) Glasgow, (e) Birmingham and (f) Leeds since 1979 to promote firework safety.[15615]

I understand that since 1993 no Minister responsible for firework safety has visited these cities to promote firework safety. I undertook to visit all these cities prior to this bonfire night to promote safety awareness.

To ask the President of the Board of Trade if she will make a statement on her policy on the length of the firework season (a) in terms of retail availability of fireworks and (b) in terms of a possible permissible period for letting them off.[16340]

The policy remains the same as that of my predecessor. However, a range of measures has been implemented to assist in tackling more dangerous fireworks and those used by hooligans. Details of these are in the House of Commons Library.