Fireworks: Injuries

Justice written question – answered on 10th November 2008.

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Photo of Nigel Evans Nigel Evans Conservative, Ribble Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice

(1) how many people were (a) charged and (b) convicted of the offence of grievous bodily harm where an injury was caused by a firework in each of the last 10 years;

(2) how many retailers have been convicted for offences of selling fireworks to minors in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle Parliamentary Secretary (Government Equalities office) (also in the Ministry of Justice), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

It is not possible to distinguish offences of grievous bodily harm where an injury was caused by a firework from other offences of grievous bodily harm. Details surrounding a case are not held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform.

The offence supplying a firework, fireworks, a firework assembly or firework assemblies to a person under 18 years under section 6(1) of the Fireworks Safety (Regulations) 1997 Act, cannot be separately identified by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform, as the offence forms part of a miscellaneous group which cannot be analysed.

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