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CHANGES PROPOSED TO FIREWORKS REGULATIONS - TO COME INTO FORCE JANUARY 2005

December 2004

The Consultation on Proposals to Supplement the Fireworks Regulations 2004 has proposed a fixed fee for firework vendors of £500.

This has not appealed to police authorities, with at least one charging £75, the fee required to cover its expenses.

That a document needs to be issued so soon after the passing of the Regulations might be a cause of concern. It certainly indicates that, not for the first time, the Regulations were drafted in a way which led to confusion. Indeed most of the measures with which the consultative document deals are procedural and not an attempt to introduce late changes, although the three week consultation (aimed at ensuring changes before regulation 9 comes into force) makes a mockery of the professed wide scale consultation. The document admits:

'While the Regulations have been positively received and apparently effective thus far, some technical inaccuracies have none the less come to the Government's attention which we consider need to be addressed at the earliest opportunity for the Regulations to be effective and clear.

'Most of the proposed amendments relate to regulation 9 - relating to the licensing of all-year firework vendors- whose coming into force date is 1 January 2005. Prior to it coming into force, the Government would like to ensure that this regulation functions the way that was intended and that enforcers are clear about their role in administering and enforcing this particular measure.'

The changes make chain, and similar stores, apply for licences for every store, rather than allowing the purchase of one all-embracing licence. They allow exemption for companies providing fireworks to other firework companies.

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