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Smuggling: Firearms

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many seizures of illegal firearms were made by HM Revenue and Customs staff in each year since 1997; and how many individuals were prosecuted as a result of such seizures in each year. (127888)

The answer to the question is as follows:

Number of seizures of illegal firearms

Number of individuals prosecuted

2002-03

n/a

4

2003-04

171

8

2004-05

83

4

2005-06

229

3

n/a = Not available.

The number of seizures of firearms includes air firearms as defined in the Firearms Act 1968 as amended with the exception of self defence sprays, stun guns and parts of firearms.

The following information is not available:

the number of seizures prior to 1 April 2003;

the number of individuals prosecuted prior to 1 April 2002; and prosecutions undertaken as a result of seizures that were referred to police forces for investigation.