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Firework Regulations

Volume 456: debated on Thursday 1 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fines were issued for breaches of firework regulations in Leicester in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006. (111727)

Data from the court proceedings database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform show that one person was fined under the Explosives Act 1875, Section 80 for the offence of throwing, casting or firing any fireworks in or into any highway, street, etc public place. Court proceedings data for 2006 will be available in the autumn of 2007.

Data held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform showing the number of PNDs issued, in England and Wales from 2005 to 2006 (January to June provisional) can be found in the following table.

In addition, the penalty notice for disorder (PND) scheme was introduced in England and Wales in 2004. Under the scheme, the police can issue an 80 fixed penalty for a number of fireworks offences under the Explosives Act 1875 and Fireworks Act 2003. The offence of throwing fireworks in a thoroughfare (Explosives Act) came into force in August 2002: the offences of breach of the fireworks curfew, possession of category four fireworks, and possession by a person under 18 of an adult firework (Fireworks Act) were added to the PND Scheme on 11 October 2004. The following table shows the number of PNDs that were issued in the Leicestershire police force area for 2005 and for January to June 2006 (provisional); complete figures for 2006 will be available in the spring of 2007. We are unable to give the number of PNDs issued in Leicester during the above period, as data are not collected to that level of detail.

Number of Penalty Notices for Disorder (PND) issued for firework offences in Leicestershire police force area, 2005-061

Throwing fireworks

Breach of fireworks curfew

Possession of a Category 4 firework

Possession by under 18 of adult firework

2005

1

2

2

1

20063

2

2

2

2

Total

1

0

2

1

1 Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by police forces. As a consequence care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

2 Nil

3 Provisional —January to June 2006

Source:

RDS Office for Criminal Justice Reform