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Volume 401: debated on Thursday 20 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and industry how many representations she has received expressing a desire for stricter legislation on the use of fireworks. [103892]

Since the beginning of November 2002 I have received 2,078 representations indicating a desire to see tighter controls on fireworks. These comprise 1,588 letters from the general public, 476 letters from MPs, eight Petitions, and six meetings with representatives from various organisations interested in improving fireworks legislation.