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Firearms

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of firearms entering the UK in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. (98506)

The following table provides data on the number of firearms (including handguns, rifles and machine guns) legally imported into the UK from outside the EU since 2003. Intra-EU imports and data prior to 2003 are not available. HM Revenue and Customs has no estimate of the number of firearms illegally entering the UK.

Firearms imports

Number

2003

57,497

2004

38,742

2005

131,484

2006

32,326