HC Deb 11 May 2004 vol 421 cc224-5W
Mr. Paice

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many gas-cartridge air weapons have been(a) surrendered to the police and (b) granted section 1 Firearms Certificates since the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 became law; and how many gas-cartridge weapons he estimates remain in circulation. [170721]

Caroline Flint

No running total has been kept centrally of the number of self-contained gas cartridge weapons surrendered or entered on a firearms certificate. This information is currently being collated by the police. In the absence of any previous requirement to record details of ownership it is not possible to say how many remain in circulation.