HC Deb 02 May 1977 vol 931 cc30-1
2. Mr. Bean

asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection when he proposes to discuss the most recent firework injury statisics with the firework manufacturers.

Mr. John Fraser

I met representatives of the Firework Manufacturers' Guild on 21st April. The firework injury statistics for October-November 1976 were among the matters discussed.

Mr. Bean

The statistics are very encouraging, but there is no doubt that most of the injuries are still caused through bangers. Will my hon. Friend consider meeting the firework manufacturers again and discussing with them the possibility of prohibiting fireworks, or certainly bangers? In view of the forthcoming Silver Jubilee celebrations, is this not a matter of some urgency?

Mr. Fraser

I have already discussed bangers with the manufacturers. They reduced their production by 25 per cent. last year and propose to reduce it by at least 25 per cent. again this year. In June I shall discuss arrangements for 1978.

As for the Silver Jubilee, I understand from the firework manufacturers that it is unlikely that there will be any special demand for shop goods fireworks to celebrate the event. I think that to have another mini Guy Fawkes Day would be unfortunate in terms of historical precedent and also in terms of the number of small children who may be injured.