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 Diane Abbott Diane Abbott Labour, Hackney North and Stoke Newington 12:30 pm, 25th October 2005

I have listened carefully to the hon. Gentleman, and he has talked about the interests of businesses and historical re-enactment societies—but why does he not talk about the interests of the taxpayer, who has to spend hundreds of thousands of pounds every year on firearms units being called out to incidents in which it turns out that the young person involved has an imitation weapon? Has he no concern for the interests of the taxpayer?