HC Deb 15 December 1998 vol 322 cc467-8W
Mr. Willis

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to review the regulations governing the use of(a) black gunpowder and (b) other explosives by historic re-enactment societies; and if he will make a statement. [63609]

Mr. Boateng

The Health and Safety Executive keeps the regulations under review. The Executive has recently published guidance on the safe use of gunpowder and other explosives by historical re-enactment societies. The intention of the guidance is to ensure that members of these societies are aware of the relevant legislation, and good safety practice for the protection of themselves and members of the public. A copy of the guidance has been placed in the Library. The publication of such guidance is a regular part of Health and Safety Executive work to promote health and safety. I welcome and support the Executive's initiative publishing this guidance.