asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many inquests into deaths allegedly caused by plastic bullets are presently outstanding.
A coroner's inquest has been held on one of the seven deaths allegedly caused by plastic baton rounds in 1981; another has been adjourned to a later date at the relatives' request. Inquests into two other deaths are due to be held shortly, while the coroner has still to decide on inquest dates for a further two deaths. The remaining case is at present being considered by the Director of Public Prosecutions, and in accordance with his normal practice, the coroner is awaiting the director's decision before deciding on a date for the inquest.The circumstances surrounding the recent death this year of Steven McConomy are still being investigated by the police, who have yet to submit a report to the Director of Public Prosecutions.
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many persons, aged 18 years or under, have sustained injuries which required hospital treatment from being struck by plastic bullets, indicating the nature of the injuries in each case.
Since 17 March 1981, a total of 72 persons aged 18 years or under received hospital treatment for injuries allegedly caused by plastic baton rounds. Information on the nature of the injuries sustained and of the number of persons aged 18 years or under injured prior to 17 March 1981, is not available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.