HC Deb 07 July 1987 vol 119 cc89-90W
Mr. Harry Greenway

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will seek to increase the penalties upon those found guilty of carrying knives for offensive purposes; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Hurd

The courts are already sending more people to prison when convicted of carrying offensive weapons. The existing maximum penalty on conviction on indictment is two years imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine. Where the weapons are used to cause injury, high maximum penalties are available.

The Government are concerned about the increased use o f offensive weapons and are considering as a matter of urgency possible legislative changes to help curb their sale and use.

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