Renewal of and Temporary Certificates

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

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'After section 26(1) of the principal Act (Application for, and grant of Certificates) there shall be inserted: —

"(1B) When an application for the renewal of a firearm or shotgun certificate has been made in the prescribed form to the Chief Officer of Police for the area in which the applicant resides no less than twenty-eight days prior to the date of expiry of the existing certificate and subject to the certificate holder not having been served with a notice of revocation then the Chief Officer of Police shall either:—

  1. (a) grant a renewal of the firearm or shotgun certificate subject to subsection X below in either the terms of the expiring certificate, and/or
  2. (b) issue a temporary certificate in the same terms and conditions as the expiring certificate, subject to subsection X below, and/or
  3. (c) state in writing the reasons for refusal to grant the authority to possess each individual firearm/ammunition or shotguns and ammunition additionally stating the relevant section(s) of the Act in each case and notify the applicant of his right to appeal to Crown Court within twenty-one days from the date of receipt of such notification, subject to subsection X below, and/or
  4. (d) state in writing any difficulty for delay external to the Police Service preventing the granting or the formal refusal to the processing of the application, subject to subsection X below, to the issue of a certificate.

(X) To be received by the certificate holder 48 hours prior to the expiry of the existing certificate".'.—[Mr. William Ross.]

Brought up, and read the First time.

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

The House divided: Ayes 13, Noes 220.

Division No. 321[1.29 am
Barnes, Harry (Derbyshire NE)Ross, William (Londonderry E)
Beith, A. J.Skinner, Dennis
Bruce, Malcolm (Gordon)Wallace, James
Cook, Frank (Stockton N)Welsh, Andrew (Angus E)
Corbett, Robin
Dixon, DonTellers for the Ayes:
McAllion, JohnMr. Bob Cryer and
Molyneaux, Rt Hon JamesMr. Pat Wall.
Moonie, Dr Lewis
Alexander, RichardDunn, Bob
Alison, Rt Hon MichaelDurant, Tony
Allason, RupertEmery, Sir Peter
Amess, DavidEvans, David (Welwyn Hatf'd)
Amos, AlanFallon, Michael
Arbuthnot, JamesFarr, Sir John
Arnold, Jacques (Gravesham)Favell, Tony
Arnold, Tom (Hazel Grove)Fenner, Dame Peggy
Ashby, DavidField, Barry (Isle of Wight)
Atkinson, DavidFookes, Miss Janet
Baker, Nicholas (Dorset N)Forman, Nigel
Baldry, TonyForsyth, Michael (Stirling)
Batiste, SpencerForth, Eric
Beaumont-Dark, AnthonyFranks, Cecil
Bellingham, HenryFreeman, Roger
Bennett, Nicholas (Pembroke)French, Douglas
Bevan, David GilroyGale, Roger
Biffen, Rt Hon JohnGill, Christopher
Blackburn, Dr John G.Goodhart, Sir Philip
Bonsor, Sir NicholasGoodlad, Alastair
Boswell, TimGoodson-Wickes, Dr Charles
Bottomley, Mrs VirginiaGorst, John
Bowden, A (Brighton K'pto'n)Gow, Ian
Bowden, Gerald (Dulwich)Gower, Sir Raymond
Bowis, JohnGreenway, John (Ryedale)
Brandon-Bravo, MartinGregory, Conal
Brazier, JulianGriffiths, Sir Eldon (Bury St E')
Bright, GrahamGrist, Ian
Brittan, Rt Hon LeonGummer, Rt Hon John Selwyn
Brooke, Rt Hon PeterHamilton, Hon Archie (Epsom)
Brown, Michael (Brigg & Cl't's)Hamilton, Neil (Tatton)
Browne, John (Winchester)Hanley, Jeremy
Buchanan-Smith, Rt Hon AlickHargreaves, Ken (Hyndburn)
Burns, SimonHarris, David
Burt, AlistairHawkins, Christopher
Butler, ChrisHayes, Jerry
Butterfill, JohnHeathcoat-Amory, David
Campbell, Menzies (Fife NE)Heddle, John
Carlisle, John, (Luton N)Hicks, Mrs Maureen (Wolv' NE)
Carlisle, Kenneth (Lincoln)Hind, Kenneth
Carrington, MatthewHogg, Hon Douglas (Gr'th'm)
Cash, WilliamHowarth, Alan (Strat'd-on-A)
Chapman, SydneyHowarth, G. (Cannock & B'wd)
Chope, ChristopherHowell, Ralph (North Norfolk)
Clark, Hon Alan (Plym'th S'n)Hughes, Robert G. (Harrow W)
Colvin, MichaelHunt, David (Wirral W)
Conway, DerekHunt, John (Ravensbourne)
Coombs, Anthony (Wyre F'rest)Hurd, Rt Hon Douglas
Coombs, Simon (Swindon)Irvine, Michael
Couchman, JamesJack, Michael
Cran, JamesJanman, Tim
Currie, Mrs EdwinaJessel, Toby
Curry, DavidJohnson Smith, Sir Geoffrey
Davies, Q. (Stamf'd & Spald'g)Jones, Robert B (Herts W)
Davis, David (Boothferry)King, Roger (B'ham N'thfield)
Day, StephenKirkhope, Timothy
Dorrell, StephenKnapman, Roger
Douglas-Hamilton, Lord JamesKnight, Greg (Derby North)
Dover, DenKnight, Dame Jill (Edgbaston)
Knowles, MichaelSackville, Hon Tom
Lang, IanSainsbury, Hon Tim
Latham, MichaelSayeed, Jonathan
Lawrence, IvanShaw, David (Dover)
Leigh, Edward (Gainsbor'gh)Shaw, Sir Giles (Pudsey)
Lennox-Boyd, Hon MarkShaw, Sir Michael (Scarb')
Lester, Jim (Broxtowe)Shelton, William (Streatham)
Lightbown, DavidShephard, Mrs G. (Norfolk SW)
Lilley, PeterShepherd, Colin (Hereford)
Lloyd, Peter (Fareham)Smith, Sir Dudley (Warwick)
Lord, MichaelSoames, Hon Nicholas
MacGregor, Rt Hon JohnSpeed, Keith
Maclean, DavidSpeller, Tony
McLoughlin, PatrickSpicer, Sir Jim (Dorset W)
Malins, HumfreySquire, Robin
Mans, KeithStanbrook, Ivor
Marland, PaulStern, Michael
Marshall, John (Hendon S)Stevens, Lewis
Martin, David (Portsmouth S)Stewart, Andy (Sherwood)
Maxwell-Hyslop, RobinSummerson, Hugo
Mayhew, Rt Hon Sir PatrickTapsell, Sir Peter
Miller, HalTaylor, Ian (Esher)
Mills, lainThompson, D. (Calder Valley)
Mitchell, Andrew (Gedling)Thompson, Patrick (Norwich N)
Mitchell, David (Hants NW)Thorne, Neil
Monro, Sir HectorThurnham, Peter
Morris, M (N'hampton S)Townsend, Cyril D. (B'heath)
Morrison, Hon Sir CharlesTracey, Richard
Moss, MalcolmTredinnick, David
Nelson, AnthonyTrotter, Neville
Neubert, MichaelTwinn, Dr Ian
Newton, Rt Hon TonyVaughan, Sir Gerard
Nicholson, David (Taunton)Waddington, Rt Hon David
Oppenheim, PhillipWalden, George
Page, RichardWalker, Bill (T'side North)
Paice, JamesWard, John
Patnick, IrvineWardle, Charles (Bexhill)
Pawsey, JamesWatts, John
Peacock, Mrs ElizabethWells, Bowen
Porter, David (Waveney)Wheeler, John
Portillo, MichaelWiddecombe, Ann
Powell, William (Corby)Wiggin, Jerry
Raffan, KeithWilshire, David
Raison, Rt Hon TimothyWinterton, Mrs Ann
Redwood, JohnWinterton, Nicholas
Renton, TimWolfson, Mark
Rhodes James, RobertWood, Timothy
Riddick, GrahamYeo, Tim
Roberts, Wyn (Conwy)Young, Sir George (Acton)
Roe, Mrs Marion
Rossi, Sir HughTellers for the Noes:
Rumbold, Mrs AngelaMr. Robert Boscawen and
Ryder, RichardMr. Tristan Garel-Jones.

Question accordingly negatived.