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Northern Ireland: Former Paramilitary Weapons

Volume 706: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 24 November (WA 255), in whose possession are the weapons handed over by the IRA and other terrorist organisations under the decommissioning amnesty scheme in Northern Ireland; and whether such weapons have been rendered permanently unusable. [HL213]

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 24 November (WA 255), in whose possession are semtex and other explosives handed over by the IRA and other terrorist organisations; and whether such material has been exploded or rendered permanently incapable of being exploded. [HL214]

Under the terms of the decommissioning scheme all arms which are decommissioned are destroyed according to the terms of the scheme. The Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997 defines destruction as making permanently inaccessible or permanently unusable. Acts of decommissioning are overseen and verified by the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning.