Ministry of Defence: Government Responses

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 23rd November 2018.

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Photo of Gregory Campbell Gregory Campbell Shadow DUP Spokesperson (International Development), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to respond to Question 188038, tabled on 5 November 2018, by the hon. Member for East Londonderry.

Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

Information regarding Army bomb disposal callouts between 2012-2018 can be found in the tables below. Following a review of data held by the Army, this also updates figures previously supplied in response to Questions 179144 and 179145:

1 July 2012 – 30 June 2014

LOCATION

TASKS*

IED DECLARATION

HOAX DECLRATION

GB

113

103

52

NI**

273

134

178

UK total

386

237

230

1 July 2014 – 30 June 2016

LOCATION

TASKS*

IED DECLARATION

HOAX DECLRATION

GB

120

78

40

NI**

144

83

83

UK total

264

161

123

1 July 2016 – 30 June 2018

LOCATION

TASKS*

IED DECLARATION

HOAX DECLRATION

GB

120

589***

44

NI**

94

48

49

UK total

214

627

93

* ‘Tasks’ refers to IED callouts (any task that may subsequently be classified by declaration as a Find, False, Hoax, IED, Explosion or Search Assist). This does not include callouts for incidents involving other items such as Conventional Munitions Disposal.

** All incidents requiring explosive ordnance disposal experts in Northern Ireland are dealt with solely by military personnel.

*** The high number of IED declarations between 1 July 2016 – 30 June 2018 is due to a task that yielded over 300 arrowhead type IEDs.

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