HC Deb 28 October 1987 vol 121 cc263-4W
Mr. Steel

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what compensation will be available for the owners of automatic firearms which he proposes to ban;

(2) if he has any plans to restrict the magazine capacity of registered automatic weapons;

(3) if he will make it his policy to have individual shotguns registered;

(4) if he will make a statement on the implication for gun control or the absence of present certification for ammunition loading kits.

Mr. Douglas Hogg

As my right hon. Friend announced in the House on 26 October in the debate on firearms, we are considering suggestions in addition to the proposals already announced for strengthening the controls on firearms. These include the matters raised by the right hon. Member for Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale (Mr. Steel) which will he carefully examined. We hope to announce comprehensive proposals by the end of November with a view to introducing a new firearms Bill before Christmas.

Mr. Teddy Taylor

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, pursuant to his policies for more effective control of firearms, he will offer refunds for the unexpired portion of firearms licences; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Douglas Hogg

No. The fee reflects the cost of issuing a certificate and a refund for an unused period of its validity would not be justified.