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Northern Ireland

Volume 827: debated on Monday 29 November 1971

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asked the Minister of State for Defence what arms, ammunition or explosives were discovered as a result of the interrogation in depth disclosed by the Compton Report.

For the reasons I gave in the debate on 17th November I am not prepared to give details of the results of interrogation. However, I can say that largely as a result of following up information obtained by interrogation in depth, arms, ammunition, and explosives have been discovered at a much greater rate since 9th August than before that date and lives have been saved as a result. For example, of 464 guns of all kinds discovered this year up to 24th November, 272 have been found during the last three months; similarly some 72,000 out of 112,000 rounds of ammunition and about ¾ ton out of 1¼ tons of explosives.