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Knife Amnesty

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 13 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many items have been surrendered to date in each district council area in Northern Ireland since the commencement of the knife amnesty. (76440)

The police have estimated that at 31 May, a total of 320 items were surrendered since the commencement of the knife amnesty and put on show on Wednesday 7 June a number of the items deposited. A definitive count will be made shortly after the amnesty finishes and information will be available in the week commencing 19 June.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to extend the knife amnesty in Northern Ireland in accordance with the amnesty operating in England and Wales. (76444)

The current knife amnesty will not be extended beyond 14 June, but I do plan to re-run the amnesty later this year. This would give an opportunity for the year-long public information campaign to begin to make an impact of changing attitudes.