§ Mr. Amess
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will publish in theOfficial Report a table showing the dates of implementation of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988; and if he will make a statement;
(2) when he expects to publish the draft firearms regulations made under the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Douglas Hogg
On the implementation of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988, I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave my hon. Friend the Member for Luton, South (Mr. Bright) on 20 December 1988. Revision of the firearms rules will be necessary in respect of some of the provisions to be brought into force by the second commencement order, later next year. The new rules will come into effect at the same time. Draft guidance to the police on firearms legislation has recently been circulated to a wide range of interested bodies for their comments.