Fireworks in Scotland: Analysis of Consultation Responses

The Scottish Government has just published it’s analysis of responses to their recent Fireworks Consultation.

In total, 16,420 responses were available for analysis. In addition to the online consultation, 29 events were held across Scotland and a range of social media platforms were used to seek people’s views. The main issues and themes raised by participants were similar across the different ways of taking part in the consultation.

Answers to the closed questions to the online consultation

  • A majority of respondents, 70% of those answering the question, reported that they had been affected by fireworks used in an irresponsible or unsafe way.
  • A very substantial majority, 94% of those answering the question, thought there should be more controls over the sale of fireworks. Individual respondents were more likely than organisations to think there should be more controls – at 94% and 78% respectively.
  • A majority of respondents, 87% of those answering the question, would welcome a ban on the sale of fireworks to the public in Scotland. Of the remaining respondents, 10% would not welcome a ban and 4% were unsure. Individual respondents were much more likely than organisations to think there should be a ban – at 87% and 40% respectively.
  • A very substantial majority, 92% of those answering the question, thought there should be more controls over how fireworks can be used in Scotland. Individual respondents were more likely than organisations to think there should be more controls – at 92% and 73% respectively.
  • A very substantial majority, 93% of those answering the question, thought there should be more controls to make sure animals are not caused unnecessary suffering because of the use of fireworks. Individual respondents were more likely than organisations to think there should be more controls – at 93% and 80% respectively.

You can view the full analysis here.

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