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Northern Ireland (Detonators)

Volume 928: debated on Friday 25 March 1977

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asked the Attorney-General how many prosecutions for failure to observe the law governing the acquisition, use and disposal of detonators have been brought in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

The law relating to the unlawful acquisition, use and disposal of Explosive Substances, including detonators, is governed by the Explosives Acts (Northern Ireland) 1875 to 1970 and the Explosive Substances Act 1883. Figures are available in relation to prosecutions under those Acts covering the period 1st January 1973 to 28th February 1977, but it is not possible, without disproportionate expense, to ascertain how many of these prosecutions involved the acquisition, use and disposal of detonators as opposed to other forms of Explosive Substances.Directions to prosecute for offences contrary to the provisions of these Acts during the period in question were as follows:

The Explosives Acts (Northern Ireland) 1875–1970
197311
19741
19752
19762
1977Nil
Total16
The Explosive Substances Act 1883
1973223
1974170
1975115
1976182
197723
Total713