Policy paper

Sale of knives: voluntary agreement by retailers

Voluntary agreement with major retailers on a set of principles to prevent the underage sale of knives in their stores and through their websites.


This document sets out a voluntary agreement by a number of major retailers and the principles that they will follow to:

  • prevent the sale of knives to under 18s
  • ensure that knives are safely displayed and packaged

The government will work with the British Retail Consortium to extend this agreement to other retailers.