RUTHERGLEN MSP ENCOURAGES PUBLIC TO RESPOND TO FIREWORKS CONSULTATION

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RUTHERGLEN MSP ENCOURAGES PUBLIC TO RESPOND TO FIREWORKS CONSULTATION

The use and regulation of fireworks is the focus of a public consultation which aims to ensure everyone can enjoy displays safely.

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation which asks for views on issues such as whether the sale of fireworks to the public should be banned, and what other measures can help ensure fireworks are used safely and responsibly.

Responses will inform on-going discussions about whether changes to legislation and regulation of fireworks in Scotland are needed, following concerns about their misuse and the potential impact on public safety and animal welfare.

Legislation on the sale and storage of fireworks is reserved to the UK Government while laws covering their use is devolved.

Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey has welcomed the announcement saying she frequently hears from constituents concerned with the welfare of animals during firework festivities.

Commenting, the local MSP said:

“From Hogmanay to Bonfire night, fireworks are a focal point of a range of celebrations through the year. Most people enjoy fireworks responsibly but if used inappropriately or without respect for others they can cause great distress or even physical injury to people and to animals.

“From conversations with members of the public, I am all too aware of concerns about the use and sale of fireworks to individuals.

“While much of existing legislation on the sale of fireworks is reserved to Westminster, the Scottish Government hopes this consultation will identify any gaps in the law and highlight where the regulation of fireworks could be improved.

“I would urge constituents to share their views on whether the regulations on how fireworks are used could be improved.”

The consultation will run until 13 May 2019.

ENDS

Notes:

The consultation can be found here:

https://consult.gov.scot/safer-communities/fireworks/

Below is a photograph of Clare Haughey MSP at a visit to the SSPCA’s rehoming centre.

Clare Haughey MSP at SSPCA Lanarkshire

 

Date published: 4th February 2019

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