Firearms Consultative Committee

Home Department written question – answered on 12th February 2004.

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Photo of Martyn Jones Martyn Jones Labour, Clwyd South

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department

(1) when he last met members of the representative bodies for shooting to discuss the future of the Firearms Consultative Committee;

(2) when he last met representatives of the police to discuss the future of the Firearms Consultative Committee;

(3) which members of the Firearms Consultative Committee have met Home Office Ministers to discuss the committee and its future; and when;

(4) what reasons underlay his decision not to consult representatives of shooting associations on the dissolution of the Firearms Consultative Committee;

(5) which consultations he undertook with stakeholders before the decision was taken to dissolve the Firearms Consultative Committee.

Photo of Caroline Flint Caroline Flint Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)

We have not met representative bodies for this purpose. As the Home Secretary announced in his written statement on 30 January, we have decided that it is important to consult on firearms matters on a broader basis than allowed by the statutory provision for the Firearms Consultative Committee.

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