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Offensive Weapons: Sales

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what recent representations she has received on the feasibility of restricting or controlling the sale of knives; and if she will make a statement; (221414)

(2) what plans her Department has for consultations on the restriction or control of the sale of knives; and if she will make a statement.

The Government are committed to working with and listening to the representations from the public, community groups and law enforcement partners to tackle knife crime. The Government have taken measures to restrict and control the sale of knives. In the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006 the Government made it illegal to sell knives to anyone under 18, and in April 2006, following a public consultation on offensive weapons, samurai swords were added to the 18 items on the Offensive Weapons Order which it is illegal to sell, hire, manufacture or import.

The Government will continue to keep all legislation on the sale of knives under constant review.