§ Mr. O'Hara
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how the current charge for a firearms certificate is derived.
§ Mr. Charles Wardle
The current fees for firearm certificates introduced in 1990 are based on the previous level of fees set in 1986, which were intended to achieve the recovery of police costs in administering the firearms licensing system, uprated to take account of increases in police pay since that time.
§ Mr. Howard
I have placed a copy of the annual report of the Firearms Consultative Committee in the Library of the House today.