HL Deb 02 December 1997 vol 583 c164WA
Baroness Fisher of Rednal

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they intend to make any structural or functional changes to the rules governing age restricted sales.

The Minister of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Simon of Highbury)

My honourable friend the Minister for Competition and Consumer Affairs recently increased the age limit on sales of fireworks to 18 in order to assist enforcement agencies like Trading Standards Officers to identify and prosecute traders selling items illegally. My colleagues in the Home Office are considering similar action in respect of areas which are within their responsibility.