I have every concern for the interests of the taxpayer, and I shall address them later. In the meantime, I shall continue to address the amendment.
On Second Reading it was acknowledged that the definition is difficult, but that should not deter us from finding one. In its consultation paper, ''Controls on Firearms'', the Home Office says that previous suggestions included placing restrictions on the sale of imitations. It goes on:
''These options have been rejected in the past because of impracticalities of enforcement. It has proved difficult to find a workable legal definition of an 'imitation firearm' and we do not believe that the level of effort required by agencies to administer additional restrictions is offset by public safety gains. This is why we introduced the new offence of possession in a public place without legal authority or reasonable excuse. We do not therefore propose that imitations are licensed or their sales restricted.''