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Volume 14: debated on Thursday 3 December 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many persons have died in Northern Ireland as a result of terrorist incidents involving the Irish Republican Army since 14 September: and how many Irish Republican Army terrorists have been captured, shot or killed by the security forces in the same period.

Since 14 September 27 people have died as a result of terrorist activity in Northern Ireland. The majority are attributed to Republican terrorists, but it is not possible positively to identify the particular terrorist organisations responsible. During the same period, 186 persons have been charged with serious terrorist type offences including 23 with murder and 7 with attempted murder. It is not possible to say categorically how many of these are IRA terrorists. One person was shot dead by the security forces on 19 October in Belfast in an incident at a vehicle checkpoint.