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Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his policy is on prohibition of the public sale of fireworks. (233038)

The Fireworks (Safety) Regulations 1997 prohibit the supply of fireworks to anyone under the age of 18. They also prohibit the supply of any fireworks which do not meet British standard 7114, certain banned fireworks and the supply of category 4 fireworks to non-professionals. The under-18s are prohibited from possessing fireworks in a public place by the Fireworks Regulations 2004.

The 2004 regulations also require that anyone who wishes to supply fireworks all year round must apply to their local licensing authority for a licence to do so and must pay the appropriate fee. Details of the number of licences issued or withdrawn for non-compliance are not held centrally.

We will continue to keep the regulations and their enforcement under review.