Offensive Weapons Bill - Second Reading

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 5:25 pm on 7th January 2019.

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Photo of Lord Robertson of Port Ellen Lord Robertson of Port Ellen Labour 5:25 pm, 7th January 2019

I am grateful to the noble Earl for giving way. If the case is as strong as he makes out, why was the Home Secretary convinced that criminal elements in Northern Ireland and on the mainland were likely to use the .50 calibre weapons?