HC Deb 12 February 1985 vol 73 cc89-91W
Sir John Farr

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the decline in England and Wales in the last 10 years of section 1 firearm ownership; and if he will give figures.

Mr. Giles Shaw

Information on the numbers of section 1 firearm certificates held has only been collected regularly since 1979. The information for each of the years since then is as follows:

Number of firearm certificates on issue in England and Wales as at 31 December
Year Firearm certificates
1979 169,590
1980 168,047
1981 164,872
1982 162,696
1983 159,804

The figure for 1984 is not yet available, but the decline between 1979 and 1983 was 6 per cent.