§ Mr. Frank Field
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research he has commissioned into the impact on his budget of the implementation of the Firearms (Amendment) Bill; and when he will publish the findings. 738W
§ Miss Widdecombe
[holding answer 21 January 1997]: No research has been commissioned on the financial impact of the Bill, although our estimate of the costs that will need to be paid to compensate people who surrender guns and accessories is set out in the financial memorandum to the Bill.