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Fireworks: Sales

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 112830, tabled on 14 November 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of existing legislation regulating the sale of fireworks.

Answered on

20 November 2017

The Government takes the safety of fireworks very seriously. Regulations are currently in place which control the sale of fireworks to both consumers and professional display operators. Experience has shown that the current regulations strike the right balance between the enjoyment of fireworks by the public and restricting the sale and use of fireworks for public safety reasons.

Certain dangerous items are already banned for sale in the UK. These include bangers and jumping jacks, among others. Such items are prohibited regardless of whether they are approved for sale in other EU countries. This removes from sale higher risk fireworks which could lead to injury.

We will continue to focus on reducing accidents and nuisance by encouraging industry, retailers and others to promote the responsible sale and use of fireworks through guidance and public education.