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S5W-12294: Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 31 October 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the reported distress that can be caused to animals from fireworks, what its position is on reducing their noise levels to a maximum of 95 decibels, and whether it has discussed this matter with animal charities.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 9 November 2017

The Scottish Government recognises concerns about the noise of fireworks and the distress this can cause animals. A comprehensive package of measures has been introduced under the Fireworks Act 2003. These include The Fireworks (Scotland) Regulations 2004 which restrict when fireworks can be set off. However, the responsibility for regulating the noise of fireworks lies with the UK Government. We have no plans at present to review existing regulations.