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Firearms

Volume 886: debated on Monday 10 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many legally held firearms stolen from their owners by terrorists in Northern Ireland in the last five years have been recovered by the security forces; and what happened to such weapons when they were recovered;

(2) how many new applications for firearms certificates in respect of shotguns were refused in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; and how many new applications were granted;

(3) if he will list in the Official Report the number and types of illegal firearms seized by the security forces in Northern Ireland over the last five years;

(4) how many legally held firearms in Northern Ireland have been used in sectarian killings by their owners in the last five years; and if he will specify the type of firearms so used;

(5) how many legally held firearms stolen from their owners by terrorists in the last five years have been identified as having been used in murders in Northern Ireland; and if he will specify the types of firearms so used;

(6) how many legally held firearms stolen from their owners by terrorists in Northern Ireland in the last five years were later identified as having been used by terrorists in attacks on security forces and in robberies in Northern Ireland;

(7) how many legally held firearms, and of what types, have been stolen from their owners by terrorists in each of the years 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973 and 1974, respectively, in Northern Ireland.

This information is not immediately available. I shall write to the hon. Member.