To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many firearms and of what types have been (a) stolen and (b) recovered from (i) the Regular Army, (ii) the Ulster Defence Regiment, (iii) the Royal Ulster Constabulary and (iv) the Royal Ulster Constabulary Reserve in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
[holding answer 26 February 1988]: The information is as follows:
Light Machine Guns
1. Recoveries indicated in 1983 refers only to those weapons stolen in 1983 and not before.
2. Recoveries indicated from 1984–87 are in respect of recovery of weapons stolen in the years 1983–1987.