Firework Safety

– in the House of Commons at 7:01 pm on 11th July 2002.

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Photo of Henry Bellingham Henry Bellingham Shadow Minister (Trade and Industry) 7:01 pm, 11th July 2002

This petition is signed by more than 500 constituents of mine, who are extremely concerned about firework nuisance. Over the past few winters, there has been a big increase in firework abuse, with injury to pets and farm animals. I wrote to every veterinary surgery and many local action groups—hence the 500 signatures.

The petitioners request that the House of Commons urge the Government to conduct an urgent review of our fireworks legislation and to legislate, among other things,

To restrict the times of the year fireworks can be bought;

To restrict the times of the day fireworks can be set off; and

To license all vendors of fireworks to meet strict safety criteria and to give trading standards the power to revoke the licence of any vendor caught selling fireworks to under-age children.

To lie upon the Table.