§ 12. Mr. Albert Roberts
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in view of the misuse of crossbows, creating a danger to the public and to animals, if he will seek powers to control the sale of such to young people.
§ Mr. Alexander W. Lyon
We have no evidence that the misuse of crossbows by young people is on such a scale as to make restrictive legislation necessary.
§ Mr. Roberts
Is the Minister aware that the crossbow is a very lethal weapon which operates in silence? Will he give the House an assurance that if the use of this weapon by young people increases he will take appropriate measures?
§ Mr. Lyon
I am well aware that the crossbow operates in silence. It is illegal if used in an improper way. If used against persons in public, it would be an offence under the Prevention of Crimes Act 1954.