Appeals in Cases of Refusal of Registration

Orders of the Day — Firearms (Amendment) Bill – in the House of Commons at 12:45 am on 23rd May 1988.

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'(1) An appeal under section 20, 29, 30, 34, 36, 37, or 38 of the principal Act lies in England and Wales to the Firearms Appeal Tribunal and in Scotland to the Scottish Firearms Appeal Tribunal and an appeal from a decision of any such tribunal on a point of law shall lie in England and Wales to the Divisional Court of the High Court of Justice and in Scotland to the Court of Session.

(2) The Home Secretary shall by regulations provide for the establishment of a tribunal or tribunals to determine appeals by persons in England and Wales aggrieved by any decision of a Chief Officer of Police under the principal Act or under this Act.

(3) The Secretary of State for Scotland shall by regulations provide for establishment of a tribunal or tribunals to determine appeals by persons in Scotland aggrieved by any decision of a Chief Constable under the principal Act or this Act.

(4) Regulations made by the Home Secretary or the Secretary of State for Scotland may include provision for summoning persons to attend and give evidence and produce documents and for authorising the administration of Oaths to witnesses.

(5) There shall be defrayed out of moneys provided by Parliament any administrative expenses incurred by the Home Secretary or the Secretary of State for Scotland for the purposes of the principal Act or this Act.

(6) Section 14 of the Firearms Act is repealed.'.—[Mr. William Ross.]

Brought up, and read the First time.

Question put, That the clause be read a Second time:—

The House divided: Ayes 10, Noes 232.

Division No. 320][1.16 am
Barnes, Harry (Derbyshire NE)Ross, William (Londonderry E)
Bruce, Malcolm (Gordon)Skinner, Dennis
Cook, Frank (Stockton N)Welsh, Andrew (Angus E)
Dixon, Don
McAllion, JohnTellers for the Ayes:
Molyneaux, Rt Hon JamesMr. Bob Cryer and
Moonie, Dr LewisMr. Pat Wall.
Alexander, RichardGoodhart, Sir Philip
Alison, Rt Hon MichaelGoodlad, Alastair
Allason, RupertGoodson-Wickes, Dr Charles
Amess, DavidGorman, Mrs Teresa
Amos, AlanGorst, John
Arbuthnot, JamesGow, Ian
Arnold, Jacques (Gravesham)Gower, Sir Raymond
Arnold, Tom (Hazel Grove)Greenway, Harry (Ealing N)
Ashby, DavidGreenway, John (Ryedale)
Atkinson, DavidGregory, Conal
Baker, Nicholas (Dorset N)Griffiths, Sir Eldon (Bury St E')
Baldry, TonyGrist, Ian
Batiste, SpencerGround, Patrick
Beaumont-Dark, AnthonyGummer, Rt Hon John Selwyn
Beith, A. J.Hamilton, Hon Archie (Epsom)
Bellingham, HenryHamilton, Neil (Tatton)
Bennett, Nicholas (Pembroke)Hanley, Jeremy
Bevan, David GilroyHargreaves, A. (B'ham H'll Gr')
Biffen, Rt Hon JohnHargreaves, Ken (Hyndburn)
Blackburn, Dr John G.Harris, David
Blaker, Rt Hon Sir PeterHawkins, Christopher
Bonsor, Sir NicholasHayes, Jerry
Boswell, TimHeathcoat-Amory, David
Bottomley, Mrs VirginiaHeddle, John
Bowden, A (Brighton K'pto'n)Hicks, Mrs Maureen (Wolv' NE)
Bowden, Gerald (Dulwich)Hind, Kenneth
Bowis, JohnHogg, Hon Douglas (Gr'th'm)
Brandon-Bravo, MartinHowarth, Alan (Strat'd-on-A)
Brazier, JulianHowarth, G. (Cannock & B'wd)
Bright, GrahamHowell, Ralph (North Norfolk)
Brittan, Rt Hon LeonHughes, Robert G. (Harrow W)
Brooke, Rt Hon PeterHunt, David (Wirral W)
Brown, Michael (Brigg & Cl't's)Hunt, John (Ravensbourne)
Browne, John (Winchester)Hurd, Rt Hon Douglas
Buchanan-Smith, Rt Hon AlickIrvine, Michael
Burns, SimonJack, Michael
Burt, AlistairJanman, Tim
Butler, ChrisJessel, Toby
Butterfill, JohnJohnson Smith, Sir Geoffrey
Campbell, Menzies (Fife NE)Jones, Robert B (Herts W)
Carlisle, John, (Luton N)King, Roger (B'ham N'thfield)
Carlisle, Kenneth (Lincoln)Kirkhope, Timothy
Carrington, MatthewKnapman, Roger
Cash, WilliamKnight, Greg (Derby North)
Chapman, SydneyKnight, Dame Jill (Edgbaston)
Chope, ChristopherKnowles, Michael
Clark, Hon Alan (Plym'th S'n)Lang, Ian
Colvin, MichaelLatham, Michael
Conway, DerekLawrence, Ivan
Coombs, Anthony (Wyre F'rest)Leigh, Edward (Gainsbor'gh)
Coombs, Simon (Swindon)Lennox-Boyd, Hon Mark
Couchman, JamesLester, Jim (Broxtowe)
Cran, JamesLightbown, David
Currie, Mrs EdwinaLilley, Peter
Curry, DavidLloyd, Peter (Fareham)
Davies, Q. (Stamf'd & Spald'g)Lord, Michael
Davis, David (Boothferry)MacGregor, Rt Hon John
Day, StephenMaclean, David
Dorrell, StephenMcLoughlin, Patrick
Douglas-Hamilton, Lord JamesMcNair-Wilson, M. (Newbury)
Dover, DenMcNair-Wilson, P. (New Forest)
Dunn, BobMalins, Humfrey
Durant, TonyMans, Keith
Emery, Sir PeterMarland, Paul
Evans, David (Welwyn Hatf'd)Marshall, John (Hendon S)
Fallon, MichaelMartin, David (Portsmouth S)
Farr, Sir JohnMaxwell-Hyslop, Robin
Favell, TonyMayhew, Rt Hon Sir Patrick
Fenner, Dame PeggyMiller, Hal
Field, Barry (Isle of Wight)Mills, lain
Fookes, Miss JanetMitchell, Andrew (Gedling)
Forman, NigelMitchell, David (Hants NW)
Forsyth, Michael (Stirling)Monro, Sir Hector
Forth, EricMorris, M (N'hampton S)
Franks, CecilMorrison, Hon Sir Charles
Freeman, RogerMoss, Malcolm
French, DouglasNelson, Anthony
Gale, RogerNeubert, Michael
Gill, ChristopherNewton, Rt Hon Tony
Nicholson, David (Taunton)Stevens, Lewis
Oppenheim, PhillipStewart, Andy (Sherwood)
Page, RichardSumberg, David
Paice, JamesSummerson, Hugo
Patnick, IrvineTapsell, Sir Peter
Pawsey, JamesTaylor, Ian (Esher)
Peacock, Mrs ElizabethThompson, D. (Calder Valley)
Porter, David (Waveney)Thompson, Patrick (Norwich N)
Portillo, MichaelThorne, Neil
Powell, William (Corby)Thurnham, Peter
Raffan, KeithTownsend, Cyril D. (B'heath)
Raison, Rt Hon TimothyTracey, Richard
Redwood, JohnTredinnick, David
Renton, TimTrotter, Neville
Rhodes James, RobertTwinn, Dr Ian
Riddick, GrahamVaughan, Sir Gerard
Roberts, Wyn (Conwy)Waddington, Rt Hon David
Roe, Mrs MarionWalden, George
Rossi, Sir HughWalker, Bill (T'side North)
Rumbold, Mrs AngelaWallace, James
Ryder, RichardWard, John
Sackville, Hon TomWardle, Charles (Bexhill)
Sainsbury, Hon TimWatts, John
Sayeed, JonathanWells, Bowen
Shaw, David (Dover)Wheeler, John
Shaw, Sir Giles (Pudsey)Widdecombe, Ann
Shaw, Sir Michael (Scarb')Wiggin, Jerry
Shelton, William (Streatham)Wilkinson, John
Shephard, Mrs G. (Norfolk SW)Wilshire, David
Shepherd, Colin (Hereford)Winterton, Mrs Ann
Smith, Sir Dudley (Warwick)Winterton, Nicholas
Soames, Hon NicholasWolfson, Mark
Speed, KeithWood, Timothy
Speller, TonyYeo, Tim
Spicer, Sir Jim (Dorset W)Young, Sir George (Acton)
Spicer, Michael (S Worcs)
Squire, RobinTellers for the Noes:
Stanbrook, IvorMr. Robert Boscawen and
Stern, MichaelMr. Tristan Garel-Jones.

Question accordingly negatived.