Acids and Chemicals: Sales

Home Office written question – answered at on 14 December 2017.

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Photo of Damien Moore Damien Moore Conservative, Southport

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to promote responsibility among business owners and shopkeepers regarding the sale of acid or household chemicals to customers they think might use such products to harm people.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

In July the Home Secretary announced an action plan to tackle the use of acid and other corrosives in violent attacks. This is based on four key strands: ensuring effective support for victims and survivors; effective policing; ensuring that relevant legislation is understood and consistently applied, and restricting access to acids and other harmful products.

Progress is being made in delivering the action plan and as part of this we are working closely with retailers to agree additional action they can take to help restrict access and reduce the risk of products containing the most harmful corrosive substances being used in attacks.

We have also been consulting on a legislative proposal which would prohibit the sale of products containing the most harmful corrosive substance to under 18s. The consultation closed on 9 December and we are currently considering the responses.

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