Bomb Disposal: Northern Ireland

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 8th April 2019.

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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, On how many occasions Army Bomb Disposal teams were called out in Northern Ireland between (a) 1 January 2014 and 1 July 2016 and (b) 1 July 2016 and 1 January 2019 as a result of (i) viable devices and (ii) hoax devices.

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

For the information on Army bomb disposal activity in Northern Ireland for January 2014 to July 2018, I refer the hon. Member to my response of

23 November 2018 to his Question 193391.

Data for the period of 1 August 2018 to 1 January 2019 can be found below:

1 July 2018 – 1 January 2019

LOCATION

TASKS*

IED DECLARATION

HOAX DECLARATION

Northern Ireland**

77

10

9

* ‘Tasks’ refers to IED callouts (any task that may subsequently be classified by declaration as a Find, False, Hoax, IED, Explosion or Search Assist), as opposed to all callouts for all incidents, including Conventional Munitions Disposal callouts. These categories reflect the definitions of the Report of the Independent Reviewer Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Act 2007.

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

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