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Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles (Scotland) Bill

Overview

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:

  • Vaisakhi
  • Guy Fawkes Day
  • Hogmanay
  • Chinese New Year
  • Diwali

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.

Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles (Scotland) Bill as introduced

 

The Bill ended Stage 3 on 29 June 2022


Contents


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

Committee Examination

The lead committee for this Bill is the Criminal Justice Committee

Find out more about this committee

Submit your views

The call for views closed on 11 March 2022.


Written responses

View the responses

The Participation and Communities Team have produced a summary of online forum submissions.

Further information on the Bill can be found in the SPICe Bill Briefing


Additional written responses

Timetable

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

MSPs met with people in committee meetings to discuss what the Bill will do.

Minutes of 9 February 2022 (private)
Minutes of 16 March 2022
Minutes of 21 March 2022
Minutes of 23 March 2022
Minutes of 30 March 2022
Minutes of 20 April 2022 (private)
Minutes of 27 April 2022 (private)

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Meeting on 16 March 2022
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Meeting on 21 March 2022
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Meeting on 23 March 2022
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Meeting on 30 March 2022
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Correspondence

The correspondence the Committee sent and received while the Bill progressed through Parliament.

Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles (Scotland) Bill

Letter from the Minister for Community Safety to the Convener, Criminal Justice Committee, 6 April 2022

Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles (Scotland) Bill Follow-up Questions

Letter from the Convener, Criminal Justice Committee to the Minister for Community Safety, 30 March 2022

Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles (Scotland) Bill Supplementary Information

Letter from Police Scotland to the Convener, Criminal Justice Committee, 24 March 2022

Read all the correspondence received on this Bill

Work by other committees

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Meeting on 8 March 2022

Meeting on 22 March 2022

Report published on 24 March 2022

Finance and Public Administration Committee

Scrutiny of Financial Memorandum

Committee report

The lead committee published its report on 28 April 2022 -

Stage 1 Report on the Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles (Scotland) Bill

The Committee received the following responses to its report –

Debate

MSPs debate the purpose (“general principles”) of the Bill.

Meeting on 3 May 2022

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Vote

MSPs vote on the general principles of the Bill.

Meeting on 3 May 2022

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MSPs agreed that this Bill could continue