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Terrorism

Volume 404: debated on Thursday 8 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the level of threat from domestic and international terrorism at Belfast International Airport, with particular reference to manpower and resources available at the airport for security. [106899]

It would not be appropriate to comment on the specific level of terrorism at Belfast International Airport. The hon. Member may however be interested to know that local police, the Airport Authorities and RAF Aldergrove regularly engage in dialogue to review security at the International Airport, and its perimeter, in line with perceived threats, whether they are domestic or international.I am content that there are adequate police and security resources at the Airport to meet with current DfT and NIO security requirements.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what progress has been made in securing convictions against those responsible for the (a) bomb at Courtaulds factory in Carrickfergus on 1 May 1972, (b) bomb in Oxford Street, Belfast on 26 May 1972 and (c) bombs in Belfast on 21 July 1972; [104133](2) what progress has been made in securing convictions against those responsible for the

(a) bomb attack on a BBC land rover on Brougher Mountain, County Tyrone on 9 February 1971, (b) bomb at the Northern Ireland Electricity Service office, Malone Road, Belfast on 25 August 1971 and (c) bomb at the Four Step Inn on the Shankill Road in Belfast on 29 September 1971; [104132]

(3) what progress has been made in securing convictions against those responsible for the (a) bomb in McLaughlin's Bar, New Lodge, Belfast on 5 April 1975, (b) bomb in Mountainview Tavern, Shankill Road, Belfast on 5 April 1975 and (c) bomb and gun attack in the Strand Bar, Short Strand, Belfast on 12 April 1975; [104137]

(4) what progress has been made in securing convictions against those responsible for the (a) bombs on the Ormeau Road in Belfast on 2 November 1971, (b) bomb at McGurk's public house in North Queen Street in Belfast on 4 December 1971, (c) bomb on the Shankill Road in Belfast on 11 December 1971, (d) bomb at the Abercorn Restaurant in Belfast on 4 March 1972 and (e) bomb in Lower Donegall Street, Belfast on 20 March 1972; [104135]

(5) what progress has been made in securing convictions against those responsible for the bombs in (a) Claudy, County Londonderry on 31 July 1972, (b) bomb in Ship Street, Belfast on 31 October 1972, (c) bomb in Leenan Gardens, Creggan Estate, Londonderry on 25 February 1973 and (d) bomb in Railway Street, Coleraine on 12 June 1973; [104134]

(6) what progress has been made in securing convictions against those responsible for the (a) bomb in Trainor's public house near Loughgall, County Armagh on 19 February 1974, (b) bomb in Conway's public house, Greencastle on 29 March 1974, (c) bomb in Crescent Bar., Sandy Row, Belfast on 30 March 1974, (d) bomb in the Rose and Crown public house, Ormeau Road, Belfast on 2 May 1974, (e) bomb and gun attack on Silverbridge Inn, near Crossmaglen, County Armagh on 19 December 1975 and (f) bomb in Central Bar, Gilford, County Down on 31 December 1975; [104138]

(7) what progress has been made in securing convictions against those responsible for the (a) bomb in Killyliss, Dungannon, County Tyrone on 21 April 1975, (b) bomb and gun attack in the Bayardo Bar, Shankill, Belfast on 13 August 1975, (c) bomb and gun attack in McGleenan's Bar, Upper English Street,

Armagh on 22 August 1975 and (d) gun and bomb attacks in Belfast and County Antrim on 2 October 1975. [104136]

It would be at disproportionate cost to provide the information requested.