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Firearms: Registration

Volume 462: debated on Thursday 28 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many firearms certificates were (a) held, (b) granted and (c) extinguished in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years for which figures are available. (145252)

The Chief Constable of the Police Service for Northern Ireland has provided the information in the following table.

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

(a) Certificates held

76680

70983

65129

(b) Certificates granted

1n/a

13818

227732

(c) Certificates extinguished

1386

5083

4657

1 Figures are not available for the number of certificates granted in 2004-05. 2 The increase in certificates granted in 2006-07 reflects a clearance of a backlog of applications.