Does the Minister of State appreciate that that is a very much higher casualty rate than before the political initiative in March? Will my hon. Friend give first priority to tougher security measures, which are necessary to reduce the terrible toll of death and injury.
It is undeniable that there is a terrible toll of death and injury, but the inference in my hon. Friend's question seems to be that the toll is in some way due to the action of the Government. That I must firmly question and refute. My hon. Friend will know that very firm action is being taken and I absolutely pledge that that will continue.
Is the Minister of State aware that there is a great deal of con- cern about the erection of what are called car-bomb preventive barriers? The Chief of the Belfast Fire Brigade said this morning that the barriers may prove to be a fire risk, and will possibly increase rather than decrease the number of casualities. Will the hon. Gentleman look again at these preventive barriers?