HC Deb 12 May 1871 vol 206 c716

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether he does not consider the quantity of gunpowder allowed to be kept by private individuals and gun-makers on their premises, viz. 50 pounds the former and 200 pounds by the latter, excessive; and, whether he will in that case bring forward a measure to restrict the amount now allowed?


replied, that the whole subject was now under the consideration of the Government. There was no doubt that the existing law on the subject required amendment; but that could only be effected by a careful consideration of the various circumstances under which gunpowder and other explosive materials were collected and used. The whole subject would require immediate attention, and the Government were now making inquiries into it.