HC Deb 02 November 1989 vol 159 cc267-8W
Mr. Teddy Taylor

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consideration he has given to the proposed directive on the national regulations of firearms certificates; and if it will be determined by majority vote.

Mr. Peter Lloyd

My hon. Friend is no doubt referring to the Commission's proposals for a Council directive on the control of the acquisition and possession of weapons. The Commission has signalled its intention to put forward a revised draft of the directive, but it has not yet been formally submitted to us. We will of course look at any new proposals very closely, including the legal basis, to ensure that the Commission's plans do not weaken in any way our ability to carry out those checks which we believe necessary to preserve security and maintain public safety.