HC Deb 23 May 1988 vol 134 cc163-5

'After section 26(1) of the principal Act (Application for, and grant of Certificates) there shall be inserted: —

"(1B) When an application for the renewal of a firearm or shotgun certificate has been made in the prescribed form to the Chief Officer of Police for the area in which the applicant resides no less than twenty-eight days prior to the date of expiry of the existing certificate and subject to the certificate holder not having been served with a notice of revocation then the Chief Officer of Police shall either:—

  1. (a) grant a renewal of the firearm or shotgun certificate subject to subsection X below in either the terms of the expiring certificate, and/or
  2. (b) issue a temporary certificate in the same terms and conditions as the expiring certificate, subject to subsection X below, and/or
  3. (c) state in writing the reasons for refusal to grant the authority to possess each individual firearm/ammunition or shotguns and ammunition additionally stating the relevant section(s) of the Act in each case and notify the applicant of his right to appeal to Crown Court within twenty-one days from the date of receipt of such notification, subject to subsection X below, and/or
  4. (d) state in writing any difficulty for delay external to the Police Service preventing the granting or the formal refusal to the processing of the application, subject to subsection X below, to the issue of a certificate.

(X) To be received by the certificate holder 48 hours prior to the expiry of the existing certificate".'.—[Mr. William Ross.]

Brought up, and read the First time.

Question put, That the clause be read a Second time:—

The House divided: Ayes 13, Noes 220.

Division No. 321 [1.29 am
Barnes, Harry (Derbyshire NE) Ross, William (Londonderry E)
Beith, A. J. Skinner, Dennis
Bruce, Malcolm (Gordon) Wallace, James
Cook, Frank (Stockton N) Welsh, Andrew (Angus E)
Corbett, Robin
Dixon, Don Tellers for the Ayes:
McAllion, John Mr. Bob Cryer and
Molyneaux, Rt Hon James Mr. Pat Wall.
Moonie, Dr Lewis
Alexander, Richard Dunn, Bob
Alison, Rt Hon Michael Durant, Tony
Allason, Rupert Emery, Sir Peter
Amess, David Evans, David (Welwyn Hatf'd)
Amos, Alan Fallon, Michael
Arbuthnot, James Farr, Sir John
Arnold, Jacques (Gravesham) Favell, Tony
Arnold, Tom (Hazel Grove) Fenner, Dame Peggy
Ashby, David Field, Barry (Isle of Wight)
Atkinson, David Fookes, Miss Janet
Baker, Nicholas (Dorset N) Forman, Nigel
Baldry, Tony Forsyth, Michael (Stirling)
Batiste, Spencer Forth, Eric
Beaumont-Dark, Anthony Franks, Cecil
Bellingham, Henry Freeman, Roger
Bennett, Nicholas (Pembroke) French, Douglas
Bevan, David Gilroy Gale, Roger
Biffen, Rt Hon John Gill, Christopher
Blackburn, Dr John G. Goodhart, Sir Philip
Bonsor, Sir Nicholas Goodlad, Alastair
Boswell, Tim Goodson-Wickes, Dr Charles
Bottomley, Mrs Virginia Gorst, John
Bowden, A (Brighton K'pto'n) Gow, Ian
Bowden, Gerald (Dulwich) Gower, Sir Raymond
Bowis, John Greenway, John (Ryedale)
Brandon-Bravo, Martin Gregory, Conal
Brazier, Julian Griffiths, Sir Eldon (Bury St E')
Bright, Graham Grist, Ian
Brittan, Rt Hon Leon Gummer, Rt Hon John Selwyn
Brooke, Rt Hon Peter Hamilton, Hon Archie (Epsom)
Brown, Michael (Brigg & Cl't's) Hamilton, Neil (Tatton)
Browne, John (Winchester) Hanley, Jeremy
Buchanan-Smith, Rt Hon Alick Hargreaves, Ken (Hyndburn)
Burns, Simon Harris, David
Burt, Alistair Hawkins, Christopher
Butler, Chris Hayes, Jerry
Butterfill, John Heathcoat-Amory, David
Campbell, Menzies (Fife NE) Heddle, John
Carlisle, John, (Luton N) Hicks, Mrs Maureen (Wolv' NE)
Carlisle, Kenneth (Lincoln) Hind, Kenneth
Carrington, Matthew Hogg, Hon Douglas (Gr'th'm)
Cash, William Howarth, Alan (Strat'd-on-A)
Chapman, Sydney Howarth, G. (Cannock & B'wd)
Chope, Christopher Howell, Ralph (North Norfolk)
Clark, Hon Alan (Plym'th S'n) Hughes, Robert G. (Harrow W)
Colvin, Michael Hunt, David (Wirral W)
Conway, Derek Hunt, John (Ravensbourne)
Coombs, Anthony (Wyre F'rest) Hurd, Rt Hon Douglas
Coombs, Simon (Swindon) Irvine, Michael
Couchman, James Jack, Michael
Cran, James Janman, Tim
Currie, Mrs Edwina Jessel, Toby
Curry, David Johnson Smith, Sir Geoffrey
Davies, Q. (Stamf'd & Spald'g) Jones, Robert B (Herts W)
Davis, David (Boothferry) King, Roger (B'ham N'thfield)
Day, Stephen Kirkhope, Timothy
Dorrell, Stephen Knapman, Roger
Douglas-Hamilton, Lord James Knight, Greg (Derby North)
Dover, Den Knight, Dame Jill (Edgbaston)
Knowles, Michael Sackville, Hon Tom
Lang, Ian Sainsbury, Hon Tim
Latham, Michael Sayeed, Jonathan
Lawrence, Ivan Shaw, David (Dover)
Leigh, Edward (Gainsbor'gh) Shaw, Sir Giles (Pudsey)
Lennox-Boyd, Hon Mark Shaw, Sir Michael (Scarb')
Lester, Jim (Broxtowe) Shelton, William (Streatham)
Lightbown, David Shephard, Mrs G. (Norfolk SW)
Lilley, Peter Shepherd, Colin (Hereford)
Lloyd, Peter (Fareham) Smith, Sir Dudley (Warwick)
Lord, Michael Soames, Hon Nicholas
MacGregor, Rt Hon John Speed, Keith
Maclean, David Speller, Tony
McLoughlin, Patrick Spicer, Sir Jim (Dorset W)
Malins, Humfrey Squire, Robin
Mans, Keith Stanbrook, Ivor
Marland, Paul Stern, Michael
Marshall, John (Hendon S) Stevens, Lewis
Martin, David (Portsmouth S) Stewart, Andy (Sherwood)
Maxwell-Hyslop, Robin Summerson, Hugo
Mayhew, Rt Hon Sir Patrick Tapsell, Sir Peter
Miller, Hal Taylor, Ian (Esher)
Mills, lain Thompson, D. (Calder Valley)
Mitchell, Andrew (Gedling) Thompson, Patrick (Norwich N)
Mitchell, David (Hants NW) Thorne, Neil
Monro, Sir Hector Thurnham, Peter
Morris, M (N'hampton S) Townsend, Cyril D. (B'heath)
Morrison, Hon Sir Charles Tracey, Richard
Moss, Malcolm Tredinnick, David
Nelson, Anthony Trotter, Neville
Neubert, Michael Twinn, Dr Ian
Newton, Rt Hon Tony Vaughan, Sir Gerard
Nicholson, David (Taunton) Waddington, Rt Hon David
Oppenheim, Phillip Walden, George
Page, Richard Walker, Bill (T'side North)
Paice, James Ward, John
Patnick, Irvine Wardle, Charles (Bexhill)
Pawsey, James Watts, John
Peacock, Mrs Elizabeth Wells, Bowen
Porter, David (Waveney) Wheeler, John
Portillo, Michael Widdecombe, Ann
Powell, William (Corby) Wiggin, Jerry
Raffan, Keith Wilshire, David
Raison, Rt Hon Timothy Winterton, Mrs Ann
Redwood, John Winterton, Nicholas
Renton, Tim Wolfson, Mark
Rhodes James, Robert Wood, Timothy
Riddick, Graham Yeo, Tim
Roberts, Wyn (Conwy) Young, Sir George (Acton)
Roe, Mrs Marion
Rossi, Sir Hugh Tellers for the Noes:
Rumbold, Mrs Angela Mr. Robert Boscawen and
Ryder, Richard Mr. Tristan Garel-Jones.

Question accordingly negatived.

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