HC Deb 08 March 1994 vol 239 c170W
Mr. Flynn

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the increase in firearms imported illegally from eastern Europe since 1988.

Mr. Charles Wardle

There is no doubt that the breakup of the former Soviet Union and the demise of the Warsaw pact has led to a greater availability of firearms on the world market. I know that HM Customs is aware of this increased risk and is taking steps to counter it.