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Offensive Weapons: Schools

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many pupils in Northern Ireland were found to be in illegal possession of (a) a weapon and (b) drugs on school premises in each of the last three years. (211347)

The Chief Constable has provided the following answer:

The number of pupils in Northern Ireland who have been found to be in illegal possession of a weapon on school premises in each of the last three years is as follows:

Number

2005-06

5

2006-07

9

2007-08

6

These figures are based on the following offences -possessing article with blade or point and possession of offensive weapon on school premises.

The number of pupils who have been found to be in illegal possession of drugs on school premises in each of the last three years is as follows:

Number

2005-06

5

2006-07

3

2007-08

1

The number of arrests for possession of drugs on school premises includes the offence of intent to supply.