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Crime: Sharp Instruments

Volume 691: debated on Wednesday 25 April 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they propose to bring Northern Ireland legislation on the possession of sharp instruments in public places into line with the legislation in the rest of the United Kingdom. [HL2738]

The Government are determined to take knives off the streets of Northern Ireland. Over 1,500 potentially lethal weapons were taken out of circulation during the two knife amnesties and thousands of school children have been given the clear message never to carry a knife. A consultation also looked at a range of issues to combat knife crime and an announcement on the way forward will be made shortly.