Northern Ireland: Former Paramilitary Weapons

House of Lords written question – answered at on 18 December 2008.

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Photo of Lord Tebbit Lord Tebbit Conservative

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.

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.

Photo of Baroness Royall of Blaisdon Baroness Royall of Blaisdon President of the Council, Privy Council Office, Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council (Privy Council Office)

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.

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David Wright
Posted on 20 Dec 2008 8:20 pm (Report this annotation)

The question relates to what HAS happened to the arms and explosives; the answer refers to what SHOULD HAVE happened - two entirely different things.
On that basis, I consider the question not to have been answered satisfactorily.