HC Deb 17 November 1966 vol 736 cc150-1W
44. Mr. Hunt

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will now announce his further controls on the sale of firearms by mail order firms.

62. Mrs. Joyce Butler

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to bring shotguns within the police certificate regulations; and if he will introduce legislation to prevent mail orders for shotguns.

Mr. Roy Jenkins

I propose to include in the Criminal Justice Bill provisions for controlling the sale of shot guns whether by mail order or any other means.

There are already restrictions on the sale of firearms for which firearm certificates are required.

47. Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents involving the use of firearms in connection with criminal offences have taken place this year; how many people have been killed in these and how many injured; in how many cases have prosecutions been instituted; and in how many of these did conviction result.

Mr. Roy Jenkins

The number of indictable offences involving firearms known to the police in England and Wales during the first nine months of this year was 1,019. These included 23 cases of murder or manslaughter and 431 woundings or assaults.

The other information requested could be obtained only by asking the police for a special return which would involve a disproportionate expenditure of time and energy.