MQT on 2002-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2002
Question By: 
Nicky Gavron
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


An inquest in Enfield last month passed a verdict of accidental death on a young child killed by fireworks. This is one of many tragic and unnecesary deaths. You have voiced your support for a ban on sales of fireworks to the general public, now a genuine concern for my constituents. What are you doing to make sure that stricter controls are placed on licensees to help prevent further tragedies?



Answer for Fireworks

Answer for Fireworks

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I agree that it is a tragedy that a young child died in this way. While I have no wish to deny the general public the pleasure associated with firework displays, the interests of public safety should be paramount and would be best served if the sale of fireworks in shops was stopped. I would, therefore, support any moves for further regulation. I do not have any statutory powers in respect of sales of fireworks to the public. However, the affect of antisocial behaviour on the safety of Londoners, as a result of fireworks, is a matter of concern and I have been in favour of a meeting between the relevant stakeholders to look at this issue further and assess a joint way forward. .