Since I answered a similar question on 19 July 1990, there have been 40 deaths arising from the security situation in Northern Ireland, 27 of which have occurred since 1 October 1990.
The tragic events of recent weeks have provided further evidence of the threat which terrorists continue to pose in Northern Ireland, and of their inhuman cruelty. The overriding priority of the Government will, therefore, remain the defeat of terrorism, from whichever section of the community it comes, through the even-handed and energetic enforcement of the criminal law.
The hon. Gentleman expresses a point of view which will evoke the widest possible echo in the Province and throughout the United Kingdom. I pledge to him the support of the security forces in the suppression of terrorism.