§ Mr. Corbyn
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions have been achieved since the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 came into force for possession of replica weapons as part of a criminal activity; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Maclean
[holding answer 19 March 1996]: The Firearms (Amendment) Act 1994, which came into force on 21 September 1994, introduced a new offence under section 16A of the Firearms Act 1968 of possession of a firearm or imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
Information held centrally shows no record of any convictions under the aforesaid legislation in 1994. The 1995 data will not be available until the autumn 1996.