§ Mr. Rose
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he intends to take action under Section 1 of the Consumer Protection Act 1961, to prevent or reduce the risk of death or 70W personal injury through the sale of fireworks to children.
§ Mr. George Thomas
The sale of fireworks to children under the age of thirteen is already prohibited under the Explosives Act, 1875. The manufacture of fireworks is subject to statutory inspection and control from the point of view of safety; the danger generally arises from their misuse. The manufacturers are co-operating with the Home Office in further measures to improve the safe design of fireworks and in promoting publicity about their safe use. My right hon. Friend will keep this matter and the possible need for further action under review.