Fireworks: Sales

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 5th July 2021.

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Photo of Richard Holden Richard Holden Conservative, North West Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment the Government has made of the potential merits of the restriction of the sale of fireworks (a) generally and (b) in specific areas where there have been localised issues.

Photo of Paul Scully Paul Scully Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Minister of State (London)

There is a comprehensive regulatory framework already in place for fireworks that controls who can purchase them, their availability and use, curfews, and their safety as a product. While the safety and sale of fireworks is reserved to Westminster, controls on misuse and discharge are devolved to Scotland.

Enforcement powers exist for local authorities to take action when fireworks are unsafe, sold illegally, or misused. Local authorities and the police also have powers to tackle anti-social behaviour caused by the misuse of fireworks, where it arises.

We have no current plans to place further restrictions on the sale of fireworks to the public. Evidence provided by the National Fire Chiefs Council and the National Police Chiefs Council to the Petition Committee’s Fireworks Inquiry raised concerns that additional controls could see an increase in supplies from illegitimate or unsafe suppliers.

The Government continues to work with the Devolved Administrations, business, charities, and local authorities to promote the safe and considerate use of fireworks.

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