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Volume 887: debated on Monday 3 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many holders of shotgun certificates have been able to increase their numbers of shotguns held in the past two years.

This information could not be provided without disproportionate effort, but between 1st September 1974 and 31st January 1975 firearm certificates were granted in respect of 404 additional shotguns.

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what evidence he has that legally held sporting and recreational firearms are being used in terrorist attacks.

There is no conclusive evidence, but over the last two years 725 legally held weapons have been stolen, and this constitutes a continuing threat to public safety in the circumstances of Northern Ireland.