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Volume 171: debated on Wednesday 25 April 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the bank, post office, wages and comparable robberies which have occurred in Northern Ireland since the beginning of 1989 where the Provisional Irish Republican Army or other paramilitary groups are deemed to have been involved; and what is the amount of moneys stolen in each case.

[holding answer 2 April 1990]: It is not always possible to attribute robberies to particular organisations. Nor do paramilitary organisations have a monopoly of armed robbery. However, in the period from 1 January 1989, there are believed to have been around 751 armed robberies of all kinds in Northern Ireland, in which the amount of money stolen is estimated at over £1·7 million.