HC Deb 24 November 2000 vol 357 cc347-8W
Mr. Robertson

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will introduce legislation restricting the sale of all fireworks(a) to persons over the age of 16 years and (b) during a limited period of time around 5 November; and if he will make a statement. [140084]

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 low hazard fireworks, ie caps, cracker snaps, novelty matches, party poppers, serpents and throwdowns, which, under the Explosives Act 1875, can be sold only to persons over the age of 16 years.

I have no plans to introduce further legislation to control the period of sale.