§ Mr. Bill Walker
I beg to move amendment No. 110, in page 35, line 28 after 'including' insert 'a crossbow'.
Clause 50 deals with drunkenness. The part of the clause to which the amendment relates deals with offensive weapons including airguns, air rifles and air pistols. It seems right to include in the clause a weapon that could become a dangerous weapon—the crossbow. For those who are not aware of it, the crossbow has again come into fashion. It is being sold in numbers that one would never have thought possible. It is well known that the crossbow is an effective weapon when used against vermin such as rabbits. That is why my hon. friend the Member for Bute and North Ayrshire (Mr. Corrie) and I deemed it wise to include the crossbow with these other dangerous weapons.
§ The Solicitor-General for Scotland
This matter was raised in Committee and I accept that there is considerable force in the arguments advanced by my hon. Friend. For that reason, I am happy to accept the amendment.
§ Amendment agreed to.