Fireworks

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 13th March 2006.

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Photo of David Simpson David Simpson Shadow Minister (Trade and Industry)

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have been prosecuted for illegal (a) selling and (b) use of fireworks in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of David Hanson David Hanson The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office

Table 1 provides prosecution figures for the calendar years 1994 to 2003. Data beyond 2003 is currently not available.

Figures for illegally selling fireworks cover a range of offences including 'selling fireworks to non-licence holder', 'selling fireworks without a licence' and 'selling the banger"'. Figures for illegally using fireworks include prosecutions for the offences of 'using fireworks', 'throwing fireworks' and 'using the banger"'.

Figures are collated on a principal offence basis, thus where more than one offence is heard per court sitting, only the most serious offence (based on that attracting the most severe penalty) is recorded.

Table 1: Prosecutions for illegal selling and use of fireworks 1994–2003
Illegal selling of fireworks Illegal use of fireworks
1994 6 12
1995 7 14
1996 10 10
1997 6 9
1998 7 6
1999 4 4
2000 3 4
2001 0 1
2002 4 2
2003 0 0

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