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

Part of Violent Crime Reduction Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:15 pm on 25th October 2005.

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Photo of Hazel Blears Hazel Blears Minister of State (Home Office) (Policing, Security and Community Safety), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee 12:15 pm, 25th October 2005

May I direct the hon. Gentleman to clause 30(2)(a)? The original version of the Bill says:

''The Secretary of State may by regulations . . . provide for exceptions and exemptions''.

Surely he accepts that we always intended to propose exceptions and exemptions, as we realised that this was a difficult area of law and that we needed to listen to the representations that we all received in the summer months from various concerned groups.