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Petitions — Fireworks

– in the House of Commons at 7:28 pm on 26th February 2003.

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Photo of Gordon Marsden Gordon Marsden Labour, Blackpool South 7:28 pm, 26th February 2003

I present the petition of some 1,900 constituents in Blackpool, South who are supporters of restrictions on the sale and use of fireworks. I am delighted to do so and to give the petition—and the Bill sponsored this Friday by my hon. Friend Mr. Tynan—my strong support.

The petition states:

To the House of Commons

The Petition of the residents of Blackpool South declares that fireworks can cause unacceptable distress and disturbance if discharged on inappropriate days and at inappropriate times.

The Petitioners therefore request that this House of Commons urge the Government to conduct an urgent review of fireworks legislation and, in particular, to legislate (1) to restrict the times of the year fireworks can be bought, (2) to restrict the times of day that fireworks can be set off and (3) to license all vendors of fireworks to meet strict safety criteria and to give trading standards the power to revoke the licence of any vendors caught selling fireworks to under-age children.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.

To lie upon the Table.