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Punishment Shootings

Volume 19: debated on Monday 1 March 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many punishment shootings there have been in each of the last 18 months in Northern Ireland; and of these how many are believed to have been the work of the Irish Republican Army.

The number of woundings recorded by the police as punishment shootings in the period 1 August 1980 to 31 January 1982 is as follows:

198019811982
January310
February2
March7
April1
May4
June11
July3
August418
September73
BenefitNumber of recipientsDate of latest

information
Projected amount to

be paid out in

current financial year

£ million
Contributory benefits
Child's special allowance8February 19820·004
Death grant†14,5000·4
Invalidity benefit32,561February 198266·2
Maternity allowance5,241February 19826·8
Maternity grant‡25,700February 1982
Retirement pension194,384February 1982258·9
Sickness benefit19,216February 198225·4
Unemployment benefit║50,000May 198164·0
Widow's benefit*15,242February 198225·3
Non-contributory benefits Means tested
Family income supplement11,295January 19827·0
Supplementary benefit149,977December 1981186·0
Not means tested
Attendance allowance16,176January 198216·0
Child benefit¶216,122February 1982126·0
Guardians allowance247February 19820·1
Industrial injury benefit806February 19821·0

1980

1981

1982

October95
November513
December212
(Total 119)

It is not possible to be certain how many of these shootings were the responsibility of the Irish Republican Army but it is believed that 90 were carried out by Republican terrorists and the rest by "Loyalist" terrorists.