Fireworks (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
May 22, 2002
Question By: 
Nicky Gavron
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

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That's very helpful. I don't know if you are aware, but there is a second reading of a Ten Minute Rule Bill going through Parliament at the moment, which Joan Ryan, the MP for Enfield North, is backing. This bill is looking at stopping the sale of fireworks to the public - exactly as you have recommended - and making sure that the person who buys has to be licensed. That's had a lot of support from MPs and many of my constituents, and maybe this is something that the Mayor and the GLA should give their backing to.

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Answer for Fireworks (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Fireworks (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am happy to support a Ten Minute Rule Bill, but it is just a test of opinion. I think there was once a Ten Minute Rule Bill that became law, but they don't get anywhere. Much more likely, if the government is not going to pursue this, would be one of the Private Member's Bills where local government could weigh in in support. I think there might be much more public support for this if people were aware of not just the scale of injury to children, but the scale of injury to animals. A survey in Scotland in 2001 showed that 8,000 animals were treated for firework-related injuries in that year, and that excluded wildlife and farm animals. I suspect that there's an awful lot of quite pernicious, vindictive use of fireworks by kids in London against pets - not just the vandalism we saw at Millwall, where the thugs who rioted were throwing fireworks at the police.