§ Mr. David Marshall
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will ban the importation of martial arts knives and similar weapons; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Charles Wardle
The importation of 14 types of offensive weapon, including certain martial arts knives, is already prohibited by virtue of an order made under section 141 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988.
My right hon. and learned Friend will consider, in the light of all the evidence, whether further restrictions on the importation of any offensive weapon that is brought to his attention are necessary.