Trade and Industry written question – answered on 14th November 2001.

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Photo of Sandra Gidley Sandra Gidley Liberal Democrat, Romsey

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry

(1) what plans she has to heighten public awareness of (a) the dangers of fireworks and (b) the effects of fireworks on animals;

(2) what plans she has to restrict the decibel level of fireworks;

(3) what plans she has to review firework legislation; and if she will make a statement;

(4) what control the Government have over fireworks bought on the internet; and if she will make a statement;

(5) what plans she has to restrict the use of fireworks to a limited time period.

Photo of Miss Melanie Johnson Miss Melanie Johnson Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Trade and Industry

holding answer 24 October 2001

The Department has recently launched this year's fireworks safety campaign informing the public of the dangers posed by fireworks. The theme of this year's campaign, is to urge children and young people to take care when using or being near fireworks. As part of the campaign, around 2,000 information packs to help mount local safety campaigns have been distributed to trading standards, fire brigades, health promotion units, environmental health officers and police forces. In addition over 25,000 special information packs have been distributed for use in schools.

The public is warned of the effects of fireworks on animals through the fireworks code, which advises pet owners to keep pets indoors. Each pack of fireworks on sale contains a copy of the code.

Fireworks on sale in the United Kingdom are required under the Fireworks (Safety) Regulations 1997 to adhere to British Standards BS 7114 which restrict the size and weight of fireworks. I have no plans to change this at present, although we are involved in the proposed European Standard which is likely to specify sound levels for certain fireworks.

We have no plans to restrict the use of fireworks to a limited time period. The working of regulations safeguards is kept under regular review.

United Kingdom based firework companies selling over the internet are subject to the provisions of the Fireworks (Safety) Regulations 1997.

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