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Volume 129: debated on Wednesday 9 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assistance has been given by the Government of France in establishing the quantity of illegal arms shipped to Irish Republican terrorists.

I have been asked to reply.There has been full co-operation between the French Government and ourselves on all aspects of the Eksund case. As the matter is now the subject of French judicial proceedings, it would be inappropriate for me to comment further.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will indicate the type and calibre of firearms most commonly used by the Irish Republican Army in attacks on the security forces and the type and calibres of the firearms most commonly used to assassinate members of the security forces when off duty.

I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Minister of State on 7 March 1988, at columns 73–74.