IRA Weapons

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 7th November 2001.

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Photo of Andrew Robathan Andrew Robathan Conservative, Blaby

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the number of weapons remaining in the hands of the IRA.

Photo of Jane Kennedy Jane Kennedy Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office

For obvious reasons, it is not our practice to disclose such intelligence matters. I can, however, say that substantial amounts of illegal firearms, munitions and explosives are held by various paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland. That is why we continue to press all groups to decommission their arms.

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