Lethal Weapons (Hire Purchase)

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th November 1960.

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Photo of Sir Stephen McAdden Sir Stephen McAdden , Southend East 12:00 am, 29th November 1960

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will introduce legislation to forbid the sale of lethal weapons on hire purchase.

Photo of Mr Niall Macpherson Mr Niall Macpherson , Dumfriesshire

No, Sir. My right hon. Friend considers that questions of public safety should be dealt with by means other than hire-purchase restrictions.

Photo of Sir Stephen McAdden Sir Stephen McAdden , Southend East

That is all very well, but is my hon. Friend aware that a very large number of air guns, rifles, shotguns and pistols are being sold free from hire-purchase restrictions of any kind, and if it is important that the Government should damp down consumer demands in various other industries, the advisability of which is open to question, could not the Government damp down consumer demand here so that we do not have murder on the cheap as well?

Photo of Mr Niall Macpherson Mr Niall Macpherson , Dumfriesshire

The purpose of the hire-purchase controls is to curb the growth of credit outstanding as the result of these methods of trading. It would not be proper to use them for a totally different purpose.