§ Mr. Hancock
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many prosecutions there have been in each of the last five years for the sale of fireworks to children; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) how many prosecutions there have been in each of the last five years for selling unsafe fireworks; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Charles Clarke
Information held centrally on the Home Office Court Proceedings Database does not identify separately the offence of "selling of gunpowder to children" under section 31 of the Explosives Act 1875 from other summary offences under the Explosives Acts.
The Database shows no defendants proceeded against for the triable either-way offence of selling unsafe fireworks (section 32 Explosives Act 1875—Sale of gunpowder to be in closed packages labelled) from 1994 to 1998 inclusive.