HOME AFFAIRS – KNIFE CRIME AND ONLINE RETAILERS – 4 February 2019
Dr Julian Lewis: May I draw the Minister’s attention to a disturbing report in yesterday’s edition of the Mail on Sunday about the ability of a 16-year-old “test” youngster used by the newspaper to buy an oversized Rambo-style knife online in about two minutes flat? How will the legislation stop knives being delivered at home?
[The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department (Victoria Atkins): That is exactly the point of the Bill. We are very conscious that, while most retailers do what they should by obeying the law that has been in place for more than 30 years to stop the sale of sharp knives to under-18s, online retailers are not doing so well in that regard, so the Bill is intended to ensure that online as well as shop retailers meet their obligations. That is just one of the ways in which we are trying to prevent young people from getting their hands on these very dangerous weapons in the first place.]