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Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006

Volume 477: debated on Monday 16 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations she has received on the effect of the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006 on the ability of traditional folk dancers to (a) buy and (b) use swords as part of their dances; and if she will make a statement. (210185)

The Government have received correspondence from traditional folklore dancers about the impact of the Government's ban on the sale, hire, import and manufacture of curved swords implemented in April 2008. The ban targets cheaply available curved swords used in violent crime but includes defences for legitimate uses including sporting activities, historical re-enactments and theatrical performances.