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Meg welcomes fireworks bill

Friday, September 26, 2003

Meg Munn, Labour and Co-operative Party MP for Sheffield Heeley has today welcomed the vote in the House of Lords which will put an end to fireworks abuse.

The Fireworks Bill proposed by Bill Tynan MP as a Private Members Bill has now received royal assent.

It received support from all over the country, from cross-party MP and other organisations including the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. And more than 300,000 members of the public signed a petition in support of the Bill, which was delivered to Downing Street.

Meg said “I have heard many stories from local people of fireworks going off for months and months in the area. Pet owners are very anxious because of the stress it causes their animals. Postal workers point to an enormous rise in pillar box fires with post being burnt as fireworks are thrown in. 1000 people were hurt in bonfire night accidents last year. Nobody wants to see the end of fireworks, what is needed is proper regulation so that displays can be properly and safely organised and limited to certain times of the year. Under this law, youths will no longer be able to buy fireworks and the legislation imposes restrictions on importing the explosives. Noisier fireworks will be banned, Sheffield Council will be able to refuse and revoke licences of irresponsible retailers and the Bill includes measures to reduce accidents, noise and nuisance.

Obviously the law was passed too late for this year, but next year should see a radical improvement.

It is a real victory for all those who have campaigned so long and so hard for these changes."



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