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Plastic Bullets

Volume 13: debated on Thursday 19 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what are the monthly figures for the numbers of plastic bullets fired in Northern Ireland from January 1977 to November 1981.

The monthly figures for the number of plastic baton rounds fired operationally in Northern Ireland between January 1977 and 11 November 1981 are as follows:

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January251065968
February15317348
March3946070320
April3941491,959
May1478108216,656
June30148234606
July3716561136,182
August1,0981,2088327803,755
September15111351440
October3929712324
November6nil27nil*7
Decembernil64134
Army only.
* To 11 November.
The police acquired plastic baton rounds in October 1978, but it would involve disproportionate cost to identify figures for operational firings before 1981.