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Volume 406: debated on Wednesday 11 June 2003

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7.30 pm

I present a petition signed by 4,000 of my Pudsey constituents and others concerning their wish for tighter legislation governing the sale, use and noise of fireworks. Its timing is particularly appropriate, given that the Fireworks Bill introduced by my hon. Friend the Member for Hamilton, South (Mr. Tynan) will be considered by the House on Friday when, we hope, it will successfully complete its Report stage and Third Reading.

The petition states:
The petition of residents of Pudsey constituency and others
Declares that fireworks have become an increasingly unacceptable source of harm, nuisance and distress to people and animals throughout the year.
The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons enact legislation that limits the noise levels of fireworks available to the general public, controls the time of year when fireworks can be bought and used, restricts the times when fireworks can be set off, and requires public displays to be controlled by licensed technicians.
And the Petitioners remain, etc.

To lie upon the Table.