HC Deb 17 July 1986 vol 101 c567W
Mr. Frank Field

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what has been the change in real terms between 1979 and 1986 in (a) the cost of a firearms certificate, (b) the revenue derived from firearms certificates and (c) the cost of administering the firearms certificate system; how many certificates were issued in 1979 and in the last period of 12 months for which figures are available, respectively; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Giles Shaw

[pursuant to his reply, 7 July 1986, c. 62]: The information is as follows:

(i) Cost of a firearms certificate1
1979 £ 21986 £ 3Change in real terms per cent.
Issue 16 25 -9.5
Renewal 13 20 -10.9

(ii) Estimated revenue and cost of the firearms certificate system11
41979–80 £ million 51985–86 £ million 3Change in real terms per cent.
Cost 1.8 2.2 -27.2
Revenue 1.1 1.5 -17.1

(iii) Firearms certificates issued1
1979 1985
Number of certificates on issue6 169,590 160,385
1 All figures are in respect of certificates issued under section 1 of the Firearms Act 1968 in England and Wales.
2 The fees given are those which apply currently. New fee levels are due to be introduced with effect from 1 October.
3 As measured by changes in the retail price index.
4 Estimated figures based on a sample survey of police forces.
5 Estimated figures based on procedures recommended in the 1984 working party report on the administration of the Firearms Act 1968.
6 In 1985 the numbers of firearm certificates issued and renewed were 11,663 and 44,212 respectively. Equivalent figures are not available for 1979.