To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what research he has undertaken on the potential effect of the public sale and use of fireworks on levels of assaults of (a) police officers, (b) ambulance staff, (c) firefighters and (d) members of the public.
19 November 2021
Any attack on the emergency services, including any that involve fireworks, is a police matter under the criminal law, including the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018. The Home Office and the Department for Health and Social Care manage the pressures on the emergency services.
NHS statistics show that fireworks injuries have declined since 2016. The number of A&E attendances in England due to “firework injury” was 53 in 2019-2020, compared to 1,835 in 2018-2019, 4,378 in 2017-18 and 5,227 in 2016-17.
As part of the Government’s programme of action, we continue to commission research and use evidence to inform our work. This has included developing and publishing an evidence base on fireworks and undertaking engagement with a wide range of organisations. Through our public awareness campaign for the 2021 fireworks season, we have promoted the safe and considerate use of fireworks to the general public, to ensure that those using them do so safely and considerately.