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Firearms: Licensing

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average time was to process correctly completed application forms for firearms certificates in Northern Ireland in (a) 2005, (b) 2006 and (c) 2007. (201351)

The Chief Constable has advised me that the average time taken to process correctly completed application forms for firearms certificates was 139 days in 2005, 80 days in 2006 and 73 days in 2007.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what representations he has received on the time taken to process correctly completed application forms for firearms certificates in Northern Ireland in the last three months. (201352)

No formal representations have been made to the Secretary of State in the last three months about the average processing time for correctly completed firearm certificate applications.