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.