As we approached bonfire night this year, a number of constituents contacted me with their concerns around the use of fireworks. While the UK Government is responsible for legislation on the sale of fireworks, laws concerning the unlicensed use in public are devolved in Scotland.
I recognise the stress and anxiety fireworks can cause to smaller children, older people and those who suffer from mental health issues, as well as to pets and livestock. I also recognise that most people use fireworks responsibly and in line with the regulations.
I have raised this issue with UK Government Ministers numerous times to support constituents in raising their concerns on the law surrounding the sale of fireworks. Indeed, one constituent has also started her own petition, which you can see here.
Given the age of our current fireworks regulations, I believe the Government should look at them to determine the changing impact of fireworks and whether any changes are needed. In addition, I believe the Government should gather statistics on the sale and use of fireworks. It should also look at what it can do to improve public awareness on the responsible use of fireworks, so that those who enjoy them can use them responsibly.