HL Deb 19 May 1998 vol 589 cc155-6WA
Lord Burton

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether, in view of the statement of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in her review of the Firearms (Northern Ireland) Order 1981 making reference to local target shooters and "their clear commitment to maintaining the highest standards of personal behaviour and practice within their sport", they will now repeal the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997. [HL1885]

Lord Williams of Mostyn

The Government have no intention of repealing either of the Firearms (Amendment) Acts 1997. For historical reasons, the controls on the lawful possession of firearms in Northern Ireland have long differed from those on the mainland. The proposals in the Northern Ireland Office's consultation document will have no bearing on the arrangements in the rest of the United Kingdom.