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Terrorism (Explosive Materials)

Volume 80: debated on Wednesday 12 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the materials known to have been used to manufacture the home-made explosive material used in Northern Ireland by terrorists and seized by the security forces in Northern Ireland since 1 January 1983, and which such materials are available for sale in Northern Ireland in significant quantities through normal commercial outlets.

There are a number of substances which can be used to produce improvised explosives. For security reasons, I do not believe it would be right if I were to list these.

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what weight of explosive material, believed to be in the possession of a terrorist organisation, was seized by the security forces in Northern Ireland in each month since 1 January 1983 to the latest coĊ‰venient date; and of that explosive material how much was of commercial origin and how much home-made.