§ 8. Mr. Crouch
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the marking of detonators for use in Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland began; and when the security forces first recovered a detonator so marked.
§ Mr. Crouch
I am grateful to the Minister for his answer. Is he satisfied, however, that the present requirements for marking detonators with the country 1725 of their intended use are sufficient for their control, bearing in mind that the key to an explosion is a detonator?
§ Mr. McCusker
Is the Under-Secretary of State aware that I travelled home from London to Belfast yesterday with a Member of the other place who had on his person two detonators, and this despite the fact that he had gone through the security check at London Airport? Does not that show how easy it is to transport these vital pieces of equipment to the terrorist, and that the Minister should be taking all measures possible to stop this traffic?
§ Mr. Dunn
I hope that the hon. Gentleman will give me the name of the person who acted so illegally. If we can deal with that matter, we can perhaps get the others who may be following that bad example. I would add that although I am pleased he came from Belfast I am not pleased at his previous remarks.
§ Mr. Dunn
There are a thousand and one ways in which detonators are obtained. It is not always in transit. They are sometimes taken from storage and sometimes from the place of manufacture. To guard them would be a costly exercise. The way that they are being dealt with is, I believe, the best way of all that has been suggested.
§ Mr. Goodhart
As the security forces are finding many unmarked detonators, will the Government reconsider their rather neutral attitude to the Detonator Bill now being guided through another place by Lord Brookeborough, which would markedly intensify restrictions on marking on this side of the Irish Sea?