UK GOVERNMENT INACTION ON MISUSE OF FIREWORKS BETRAYS COMMUNITIES

I again called on the UK Government to act to tackle the misuse of fireworks or devolve the power to regulate the sale of fireworks to the Scottish Parliament, so that Scotland can tackle this scourge in our communities.

Because fireworks are so freely available the anti-social effect on communities causes huge levels of distress and places a huge burden on emergency services. The sale of fireworks must be more tightly regulated and limited to organised community displays.

Recently the Leader of the House, Jacob Rees-Mogg, branded me a “killjoy” when I raised this matter and in the sixth debate on this issue once again saw the UK Government making excuse after excuse for failing to act. The UK Government is unwilling to act on this matter, so it should devolve power to regulate the sale of fireworks to the Scottish Parliament so we can protect our communities from this anti-social blight.

Watch my speech below: