§ Mr. Wigley
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will put forward legislation relating to the sale of fireworks in order to ensure that fireworks cannot be bought directly or indirectly by young children; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Dr. Howells
The Fireworks (Safety) Regulations 1997 prohibit the supply of most fireworks to persons under the age of 18 years. The exceptions to this prohibition are caps, cracker snaps, novelty matches, party poppers, serpents and throwdowns which, under the Explosives Act 1875, can be sold to persons over the age of 16 years.