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Fireworks: Noise

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 93752, tabled on 15 December 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of reducing the maximum noise levels of fireworks.

Answered on

12 January 2022

There is a comprehensive regulatory framework already in place for fireworks that the Government believes strikes the right balance for people to enjoy fireworks, whilst aiming to reduce risks and disturbances to both people and animals. This includes existing legislation setting the noise level of fireworks available to consumers to a maximum of 120 decibels.

We continue to use evidence to inform our work on fireworks. Earlier this year, we published research conducted by Ipsos Mori that provided evidence on consumer attitudes towards and behaviours around using fireworks in the UK. The report found that only around a third of people supported banning the sale of fireworks to the public for use in private displays.