42 Report by local authority in certain cases where person remanded on bail
After section 23A of the Children and Young Persons Act 1969 (c. 54) there is
“23B Report by local authority in certain cases where person remanded on
(1) Subsection (2) below applies where a court remands a person aged 10
or 11 on bail and either—
(a) the person is charged with or has been convicted of a serious
(b) in the opinion of the court the person is a persistent offender.
(2) The court may order a local authority to make an oral or written report
specifying where the person is likely to be placed or maintained if he is
further remanded to local authority accommodation.
(3) An order under subsection (2) above must designate the local authority
which is to make the report; and that authority must be the local
authority which the court would have designated under section 23(2)
of this Act if the person had been remanded to local authority
(4) An order under subsection (2) above must specify the period within
which the local authority must comply with the order.
(5) The maximum period that may be so specified is seven working days.
(6) If the Secretary of State by order so provides, subsection (2) above also
(a) a court remands on bail any person who has attained the age of
12 and is under the age of 17,
(b) the requirement in section 23AA(3) of this Act is fulfilled, and
(c) in a case where he is remanded after conviction, the court is
satisfied that the behaviour which constituted the offence was
due, to a significant extent, to the circumstances in which the
offender was living.
(7) In this section—
“serious offence” means an offence punishable in the case of an
adult with imprisonment for a term of two years or more.
“working day” means any day other than—
(a) a Saturday or a Sunday,
(b) Christmas day or Good Friday, or
(c) a bank holiday in England and Wales under the Banking
and Financial Dealings Act 1971.”.
43 Possession of air weapon or imitation firearm in public place
(1) In section 19 of the Firearms Act 1968 (c. 27) (offence to carry firearm in public
place) for the words from “a loaded shot gun” to the end of the section
“(a) a loaded shot gun,
(b) an air weapon (whether loaded or not),
(c) any other firearm (whether loaded or not) together with
ammunition suitable for use in that firearm, or
(d) an imitation firearm.”
(2) In Part I of Schedule 6 to that Act (punishment) in the entry relating to section
(a) in the second column (general nature of offence) for “loaded firearm”
substitute “firearm or imitation firearm”, and
(b) in the third column (mode of prosecution) after “not” insert “in the case
of an imitation firearm or”.
(3) The following shall be inserted after paragraph 5 of Schedule 1A to the Police
and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (c. 60) (arrestable offences)—
“Firearms Act 1968
5A An offence under section 19 of the Firearms Act 1968 (carrying
firearm or imitation firearm in public place) in respect of an air
weapon or imitation firearm.”
44 Air weapons: age limits
(1) The Firearms Act 1968 (c. 27) shall be amended as follows.
(2) In section 22 (acquisition and possession of firearms by minors)—
(a) in subsection (4) for “fourteen” substitute “seventeen”, and
(b) omit subsection (5).
(3) In section 23 (the heading to which becomes “Exceptions from s. 22(4)”)—
(a) in subsection (2) omit “or (5)”, and
(b) after subsection (2) insert—
“(3) It is not an offence under section 22(4) of this Act for a person of
or over the age of fourteen to have with him an air weapon or
ammunition on private premises with the consent of the
(4) But where a person has with him an air weapon on premises in
circumstances where he would be prohibited from having it
with him but for subsection (3), it is an offence for him to use it
for firing any missile beyond those premises.”
(4) In section 24(4) (offence to give air weapon or ammunition to person under
(a) in paragraph (a) for “fourteen” substitute “seventeen”, and
(b) in paragraph (b) for “that age” substitute “the age of seventeen”.
(5) In Part I of Schedule 6 (punishment)—
(a) in the entry relating to section 22(4) in the second column (general
nature of offence) for “14” substitute “17”,
(b) omit the entry relating to section 22(5),
(c) in the entry relating to section 23(1) in the second column for “14”
(d) after that entry insert—
Person under 17
A fine of level
making improper use
3 on the
and 8 of Part
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(e) in the entry relating to section 24(4) in the second column for “14”
(6) In Part II of that Schedule (supplementary)—
(a) in paragraph 7 for “22(4) or (5), 23(1)” substitute “22(4), 23(1) or (4)”,
(b) in paragraph 8 for “22(3), (4) or (5), 23(1)” substitute “22(3) or (4), 23(1)
45 Prohibition of certain air weapons
(1) The Firearms Act 1968 (c. 27) shall be amended as follows.
(2) In section 1(3)(b) after “air pistol” insert “which does not fall within section 5(1)
and which is”.
(3) In section 5 (weapons subject to general prohibition) after subsection (1)(ae)
“(af) any air rifle, air gun or air pistol which uses, or is designed or
adapted for use with, a self-contained gas cartridge system;”.
(4) If at the time when subsection (3) comes into force a person has in his
possession an air rifle, air gun or air pistol of the kind described in section
5(1)(af) of the Firearms Act 1968 (inserted by subsection (3) above)—
(a) section 5(1) of that Act shall not prevent the person’s continued
possession of the air rifle, air gun or air pistol,
(b) section 1 of that Act shall apply, and
(c) a chief officer of police may not refuse to grant or renew, and may not
revoke or partially revoke, a firearm certificate under Part II of that Act
on the ground that the person does not have a good reason for having
the air rifle, air gun or air pistol in his possession.
(5) But subsection (4)(a) to (c) shall not apply to possession in the circumstances
described in section 8 of that Act (authorised dealing).
(6) In section 1 of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988 (c. 45)—
(a) in subsection (4), omit the word “or” at the end of paragraph (a) and
after paragraph (b) insert— “; or
(c) any air rifle, air gun or air pistol which is not for the time
being specified in that subsection but appears to him to
be specially dangerous,”, and
(b) after subsection (4) insert—
“(4A) An order under subsection (4)—
(a) may provide for a provision of the principal Act to apply
with or without modification or exception in relation to
anything added to subsection (1) of section 5 by the
(b) may impose conditions in respect of any application,
modification or exception provided for by the order
(which may, in particular, include provision requiring a
person to obtain a certificate in accordance with an
enactment referred to or applied by the order),
(c) may make provision generally or by reference to a
particular purpose or circumstance,
(d) may confer a function on the Secretary of State or
another specified person, and
(e) may make transitional, consequential or incidental
46 Closure of noisy premises
(1) The chief executive officer of the relevant local authority may make a closure
order in relation to premises to which this section applies if he reasonably
(a) a public nuisance is being caused by noise coming from the premises,
(b) the closure of the premises is necessary to prevent that nuisance.
(2) This section applies to premises if—
(a) a premises licence has effect in respect of them, or
(b) a temporary event notice has effect in respect of them.
(3) In this section “closure order” means an order which requires specified
premises to be kept closed during a specified period which—
(a) does not exceed 24 hours, and
(b) begins when a manager of the premises receives written notice of the
(4) A person commits an offence if without reasonable excuse he permits premises
to be open in contravention of a closure order.
(5) A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable on summary
(a) imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months,
(b) a fine not exceeding £20,000, or