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Fireworks

Volume 450: debated on Monday 16 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many fireworks licences were issued in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years. (93174)

The figures requested are as follows:

Number of firework licences issued in each of the last five years

Category 2 licences

Category 3 licences

Total issued

2002

1999

131

1,130

2003

1,258

105

1,363

2004

888

143

1,031

2005

906

156

1,062

20062

130

74

204

1 From May 2002.

2 From January to 16 October 2006.

Note:

Prior to the introduction of the Explosives (Fireworks) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2002, Category 2 fireworks did not require a licence.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have been injured in Northern Ireland as a result of careless or poor handling of fireworks in each district command unit area in each of the last five years. (94061)

Information on the number of people injured as a result of careless or poor handling of fireworks in each district command area in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years is not available. However, Information on the number of people injured as a result of fireworks over the Halloween period, in Northern Ireland, for the years 2001 to 2005 is available and is detailed in the following table.

Location of A and E department or minor injuries unit

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

Belfast City

7

1

0

2

1

Downe

0

2

0

0

9

Valley

2

0

0

2

5

Mater

15

7

3

4

7

Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children

9

6

0

5

2

Royal Victoria Hospital

3

4

6

1

12

Ards

3

0

1

2

2

Bangor

2

1

0

1

0

Ulster

9

1

3

2

4

Coleraine

7

0

0

0

0

Antrim

5

0

0

2

2

Mid Ulster

4

1

3

3

3

Whiteabbey

10

1

3

3

5

South Tyrone

0

0

0

0

3

Daisy Hill

20

6

3

13

11

Altnagelvin

2

0

2

2

3

Sperrin Lakeland

0

0

0

0

0

Craigavon Area Hospital

14

1

8

4

10

Tyrone County

3

2

3

0

4

Armagh Community

4

1

3

1

0

Erne

17

3

6

5

1

Causeway

0

1

1

3

2

Northern Ireland total

136

38

45

55

86

Source:

Annual Departmental Return, FWK1.