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Fireworks Act 2003

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11Offences

(1)Any person who contravenes a prohibition imposed by fireworks regulations is guilty of an offence.

(2)Any person who fails to comply with a requirement imposed by or under fireworks regulations to give or not to give information is guilty of an offence.

(3)Where a requirement to give information is imposed by or under fireworks regulations, a person is guilty of an offence if, in giving the information, he—

(a)makes a statement which he knows is false in a material particular, or

(b)recklessly makes a statement which is false in a material particular.

(4)A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable on summary conviction to—

(a)imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or

(b)a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale,

or to both.

(5)Fireworks regulations may not provide for any contravention of the regulations to be an offence.

(6)Paragraphs (c), (e) and (f) of section 11(3) of the Consumer Protection Act 1987 (c. 43) (provision about offences which may be included in regulations) apply in relation to fireworks regulations as to regulations under section 11 of that Act, but as if references to an offence under section 12 of that Act were references to an offence under this section.

(7)Section 39 of that Act (defence of due diligence) applies to offences under subsections (1) and (2) of this section; and section 40(1) of that Act (liability of persons other than the principal offender) has effect accordingly.

(8)In proceedings against any person for an offence of contravening a prohibition imposed by fireworks regulations made by virtue of section 3(1) it is a defence for that person to show that he had no reason to suspect that the person to whom he supplied, offered to supply or agreed to supply the fireworks was below the age specified in the regulations.

(9)Section 40(2) and (3) of the Consumer Protection Act 1987 (c. 43) (offences by bodies corporate) applies to an offence under this section as to an offence under that Act.

12Enforcement

(1)Section 27 of the Consumer Protection Act 1987 (enforcement authorities), apart from subsection (1)(b), applies in relation to fireworks regulations as to regulations under section 11 of that Act.

(2)The following provisions of that Act—

(a)section 28(1)(a) and (2) to (4) (test purchases), apart from the references to forfeiture and suspension notices,

(b)section 29(1) to (5), (6)(a) and (7) and section 30(1) to (9) (powers of search etc.), apart from the references to forfeiture and suspension notices,

(c)section 32 (obstruction of officer),

(d)section 33 (appeals against detention), apart from subsections (2)(a)(ii) and (3)(a)(ii),

(e)section 34 (compensation for seizure and detention),

(f)section 35 (recovery of enforcement expenses), apart from subsections (1)(b) and (2)(b),

(g)section 37 (disclosure of information by Customs and Excise),

(h)section 41 (civil proceedings), and

(i)section 44 (service of documents),

apply in relation to fireworks regulations as to regulations under section 11 of that Act.

(3)In Schedules 14 and 15 to the Enterprise Act 2002 (c. 40) (disclosure of information), insert at the appropriate place—

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13Savings for certain privileges

Section 47 of the Consumer Protection Act 1987 (savings for privileges) applies in relation to this Act.

14Prohibition of supply etc. of other explosives

(1)The power to make regulations under section 3 or 4(2) applies to explosives other than fireworks as to fireworks; and regulations made by virtue of this subsection are fireworks regulations for all the purposes of this Act.

(2)In subsection (1) “explosives” has the same meaning as in the Explosives Act 1875 (c. 17).

(3)The Secretary of State may by regulations substitute a new definition of “explosives” for the definition in subsection (2).

15Repeals and revocation

The Schedule (repeals and revocation) has effect.

16Parliamentary procedure for regulations

(1)Any power to make regulations under this Act is exercisable by statutory instrument.

(2)Regulations under section 1(2) or 14(3) must not be made unless a draft of the statutory instrument containing them has been laid before Parliament and approved by a resolution of each House.

(3)A statutory instrument containing fireworks regulations is subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

17Financial provisions

(1)There is to be paid out of money provided by Parliament—

(a)any expenses incurred by the Secretary of State in consequence of any provision of this Act, and

(b)any increase attributable to this Act in the sums payable out of money so provided under any other Act.

(2)Any sums received by the Secretary of State by virtue of this Act are to be paid into the Consolidated Fund.

18Commencement

(1)Sections 1 to 16 (and the Schedule) do not come into force until a day appointed by order made by the Secretary of State by statutory instrument; and different days may be appointed for different purposes.

(2)The Secretary of State may by order made by statutory instrument make such transitional provision in connection with the coming into force of any provision of this Act as the Secretary of State considers appropriate.

19Short title and extent

(1)This Act may be cited as the Fireworks Act 2003.

(2)This Act does not extend to Northern Ireland.

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