§ Mr. Wheeler
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the numbers of known injuries or damage to property caused by the illegal use of fireworks over the last 12 months.
§ Mr. John Patten
Information is not available centrally on injuries or damage to property caused by the illegal use of fireworks. The only available information is that collected annually by the Department of Trade and Industry from hospitals in Great Britain on all injuries caused by fireworks during a four-week period in October and November. Eight hundred and forty-six such injuries were reported in the relevant period in 1986. Corresponding information for 1987 is not yet available.