Fireworks legislation and impacts: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Information requested

  • The evidence the Minister for Community Safety was referring to when she told the Criminal Justice Committee: ‘We have looked carefully at evidence from countries where restrictions have been tightened, and we did not find any that it has fuelled the black market.’ Specifically, which countries were looked at and what did this evidence show that the Minister is referring to. Please provide these countries and the evidence.


The evidence referred to by the Minister for Community Safety was the Fireworks Legislation and Impacts: International Evidence Review, published by the Scottish Government on 4 October 2019. The review looked at evidence and studies from Europe, the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China, India and Japan. This document is available online at the following link: review/ and I have attached a pdf copy.

The document is best read in conjunction with the report of the Firework Review Group, published on 3 November 2020: documents/.

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