Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles (Scotland) Bill
This Bill would seek to restrict the supply and use of certain kinds of fireworks and pyrotechnic articles. An example of a pyrotechnic article would be a distress flare.
The Bill impacts businesses and individuals. It creates a new licensing system which means that:
- members of the public will need a licence to buy, possess or use certain fireworks,
- businesses supplying fireworks will need to confirm that the people getting the fireworks either have a licence or don’t need one.
It will be a criminal offence to buy, possess or use fireworks without licence, or to supply fireworks to a person without a licence. It will also be an offence to give fireworks or pyrotechnic articles to a child, or buy them on behalf of a child.
The Bill specifies that certain fireworks can only be supplied to, and used by, members of the public at certain times, including:
- Guy Fawkes Day
- Chinese New Year
There are exemptions for organised public firework displays and professionally organised displays.
In addition, the Bill grants local authorities the powers to set-up ‘firework control zones’. Councils will be able to restrict the use of fireworks in these zones, although professionally organised or public displays may still be allowed.
The possession of pyrotechnic articles when travelling to or at certain places and events will become an offence under the Bill. This could include certain sports events, sports grounds or music events.
The new rules created by the Bill will be enforced by trading standards or Police Scotland.
The Bill ended Stage 3 on 29 June 2022
Stage 1 - General principles
Committees examine the Bill and gather views. They produce reports before MSPs debate the Bill in the Chamber. MSPs then decide on the purpose (“general principles”) of the Bill.
The Bill ended Stage 1 on 03 May 2022
The lead committee for this Bill is the Criminal Justice Committee
The timetable that the committee followed while examining the Bill at Stage 1
Stage 1 Timetable
The Parliament agreed that consideration of the Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 6 May 2022.
Who spoke to the lead committee in the Parliament
The correspondence the Committee sent and received while the Bill progressed through Parliament.
Letter from the Minister for Community Safety to the Convener, Criminal Justice Committee, 6 April 2022
Letter from the Convener, Criminal Justice Committee to the Minister for Community Safety, 30 March 2022
Letter from Police Scotland to the Convener, Criminal Justice Committee, 24 March 2022
The lead committee published its report on 28 April 2022 -
The Committee received the following responses to its report –
MSPs debate the purpose (“general principles”) of the Bill.
Meeting on 3 May 2022
MSPs vote on the general principles of the Bill.