Petitions

We have had 6 successful petitions asking for reform of firework legislation (over 100,000 signatures):

  1. Petition No 109702 “Restrict the use of fireworks to reduce stress and fear in animals and pets” Closed 02/04/16 104,038 signatures
  2. Petition No 168663 “Ban the sale of fireworks to the public and only approve organised displays.” Closed 10/04/17 168,160 signatures
  3. Petition No 201947 “Change the laws governing the use of fireworks to include a ban on public use” Closed 06/04/18 113,284 signatures
  4. Petition No 231147 “Ban the sale of fireworks to the public. Displays for licenced venues only.” Closed 30/04/19 307,897 signatures
  5. Petition No 276425 “Ban fireworks for general sale to the public.” Closed 06/11/19 (due to General Election) 305,579 signatures
  6. Petition No 319891 “Limit the Sale and Use of Fireworks to Organisers of Licensed Displays Only” Closed 21/01/21 301,602 signatures

It is clear that the strength of public feeling is increasing, illustrated by the fact that petitions requesting reform to firework legislation are increasing year on year.

  • During the 2010 – 2015 government there were 142* petitions submitted regarding fireworks (5 year period, average 28 petitions per year)
  • During the 2015 – 2017 government there were 96* petitions submitted regarding fireworks (2 year period, average 48 petitions per year)
  • During the 2017 – 2019 government there were 148 petitions submitted requesting reform to firework legislation (18 month period, average 98 petitions per year)
  • Current government 2019 – up to 05/01/21 there have been 200 petitions submitted requesting reform to firework legislation (1 year period, 200 petitions per year)

*Total number recorded on the government website but it isn’t possible to ascertain the exact nature of the petitions

As a comparison of public feeling towards fireworks, these two petitions were running concurrently 2018/2019