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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 2 - Changes to detail

MSPs can propose changes (“amendments”) to the Bill. The amendments are considered and decided on by a committee.

The Bill ended Stage 2 on 01 June 2022

Correspondence

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

Firework Retail Sales Financial Information

Email from the British Fireworks Association to the Convener, Criminal Justice Committee, 23 June 2022

Firework and Pyrotechnic Articles (Scotland) Bill Amendment 42

Email from the British Fireworks Association to the Convener, Criminal Justice Committee, 17 June 2022

Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles (Scotland) Bill, Stage 2, 25 May 2022

Letter from the British Fireworks Association to the Convener, Criminal Justice Committee, 31 May 2022

Read all the correspondence received on this Bill

Timetable

The Parliament agreed that consideration of the Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles (Scotland) Bill at stage 2 be completed by 8 June 2022.

First meeting on amendments

Documents with the amendments considered at the meeting held on 25 May 2022.

Minutes of proceedings

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Second meeting on amendments

Documents with the amendments considered at the meeting held on 1 June 2022.

Minutes of Proceedings

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Bill as amended at Stage 2

Work by other committees

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Meeting on 14 June 2022

Report published on 15 June 2022

Additional information from the Scottish Government on the Bill following Stage 2

Revised Explanatory Notes

Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles (Scotland) Bill revised explanatory notes

Explanation of the Bill

Revised Financial Memorandum

How much the Bill is likely to cost

Revised Delegated Powers Memorandum

Information on the powers the Bill gives the Scottish Ministers and others to make “secondary legislation” (usually regulations) and to the Scottish Ministers (such as to make guidance).