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Volume 886: debated on Friday 14 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what powers he has, and what his present policy is, concerning the issue and the calling in of licensed arms.

Responsibility for the issue, renewal or variation of firearm certificates is vested in the Chief Constable. Appeals against his decisions may be made to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State. In the present security situation the policy must necessarily be restrictive.