Clause 30 - Manufacture, import and sale of realistic imitation firearms

Part of Violent Crime Reduction Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:30 pm on 25th October 2005.

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Photo of Jonathan Djanogly Jonathan Djanogly Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills), Shadow Minister (Justice), Shadow Solicitor General 12:30 pm, 25th October 2005

It would be nice to see the results of the Home Office consultation, but we have not had that pleasure. I have made a freedom of information request to the Minister for details of that consultation, but we have received nothing. The hon. Gentleman might be making an interesting point, but if we had   seen the returns on the evidence he might have a better point. In the meantime, I return to the original document and ask why the Home Office has had such a dramatic turnabout on this issue, especially without any further evidence—certainly none that has been given to us. Where is the evidence to support that dramatic change of tune? Why are we not waiting to see the impact of the new offence of possessing an imitation firearm in a public place without lawful authority or reasonable excuse, which was created by the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003?