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Fireworks: Safety

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 72519, tabled on 9 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of publicly licensed fireworks events for public safety.

Answered on

19 November 2021

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 on the key issues raised. This work provided no evidence that a change in legislation was needed, including the current licensing regime. We also commissioned research by Ipsos Mori that provided evidence on consumer attitudes towards and behaviours around using fireworks in the UK. The key findings have informed our annual public awareness campaigns and support the need to educate consumers on fireworks use.

The Government has no current plans to place further restrictions on the sale of fireworks to the public, but we continue to monitor the situation and engage with a wide range of stakeholders, to understand better what specific issues they face.