Mr. Wm. Ross
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many rifle clubs there are in England and Wales.
§ Dr. Summerskill
The number of clubs in England and Wales holding the approval of the Secretary of State under Section 11(3) of the Firearms Act 1968 or corresponding provisions of previous enactments is of the order of 5,000. Some of these clubs may no longer be active, and the figure does not include clubs operating under other provisions of the Act in circumstances where approval is not required.