Fireworks

– in the House of Commons at 7:31 pm on 26th February 2003.

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Photo of John Robertson John Robertson Labour, Glasgow Anniesland 7:31 pm, 26th February 2003

I am delighted to present a petition calling for the urgent review of existing fireworks legislation, a petition signed by over 3,758 of my constituents.

The petition is timely, as it comes just before—on Friday—my hon. Friend Mr. Tynan introducing his private Member's Bill on the subject. My hon. Friend has today delivered to Downing Street an 80,000-strong petition. It

Declares that the existing legislation on fireworks is in need of urgent review.

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to bring forward legislative proposals to require all public firework displays to be controlled by licensed pyrotechnicians; to restrict the times of year that fireworks can be purchased; to restrict the time of day that fireworks can be used; to license all vendors of fireworks to meet strict safety criteria; and to revoke the licence of any vendor found selling fireworks to under-age children.

And the petitioners remain, etc.

To lie upon the Table.