§ Lord Marlesford
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What progress has been made in establishing, as part of the Police/Home Office Extended Names Index (PHOENIX), a central register of persons who have applied for a firearm or shotgun certificate or to whom a firearm or shotgun certificate has been granted, which obligation, under Section 39 of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997, came into force on 1 October 1997; and whether they are now in a position to indicate a date by which they will have complied with the law in this matter. [HL3857]
§ The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Bassam of Brighton)
I understand that the user requirement has been accepted by the Association of Chief Police Officers Police National Computer Steering Committee and that this will be further considered and subject to a full technical impact assessment at their next meeting in September. The firearms application has been included in the Police Information Technology Organisation's work plan for 1999/2000 although it is not possible at this stage to say precisely when it will be implemented.