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Security

Volume 128: debated on Thursday 25 February 1988

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3.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the security situation.

29.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the security situation in Northern Ireland.

30.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the security situation in Northern Ireland.

41.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the security situation in the Province.

44.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the present security situation in Northern Ireland.

Since I last answered questions in the House on 28 January, three members of the Ulster Defence Regiment and one civilian have died. The threat remains high, but the courageous and determined efforts of the security forces are continuing to yield results. In particular, they have recovered a number of significant caches of arms and ammunition thought to have belonged to both Loyalist and Republican terrorist organisations.So far this year 34 people have been charged with serious offences and 222 weapons, 63,616 rounds of ammunition and 392 lb of explosives have been recovered in Northern Ireland. In addition, already this year the Garda Siochana has made a number of very significant finds of arms and ammunition. These include some 125 weapons, approximately 80,000 rounds of ammunition and almost 600 lb of commercial explosives.