HC Deb 25 January 1945 vol 407 cc983-4W
Rear-Admiral Beamish

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that chief constables are only renewing arms certificates on the condition that all revolver and pistol ammunition is surrendered without claim or compensation; if this policy is being universally applied; and for what reasons.

Mr. H. Morrison

The question whether a firearm certificate should be renewed, and, if so, whether the holder of the fire- arm should be allowed to possess ammunition also, is a matter for decision by the chief officer of police in accordance with the circumstances of the individual case. It is usual for permission to have ammunition to be withheld unless the possessor of the firearm can satisfy the police that he really needs to use it. No compensation is payable in cases where renewal of a certificate is refused; but the person concerned is, I understand, usually given opportunity to dispose of the firearm or ammunition to a registered dealer.