§ 31. Mr. David Marshall
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will introduce legislation to make it an offence to sell or supply knives and other offensive weapons to young persons under 16 years of age; and if he will make a statement.
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
The sale or hire of flick knives and gravity knives is an offence under the Restriction of Offensive Weapons Act 1959. The sale or hire of a further range of spiked, bladed and other offensive weapons specified in the Offensive Weapons Order 1988 is an offence under the Criminal Justice Act 1988. These provisions apply irrespective of the age of the buyer, and my right hon. and learned Friend sees no need for further legislation.