HC Deb 12 February 1973 vol 850 c259W
Mr. Kilfedder

asked the Minister of State for Defence what was the weight of gelignite used in explosions in each of the last three months and what was the weight of chemical used; and how this compares with the three months of May, June and July 1972.

Mr. Blaker

It is not possible after an explosion to identify the type of explosive used. It is estimated that the weight of gelignite and other explosives—measured as gelignite equivalent—used in explosions by terrorists in Northern Ireland was:

Weight (lb.)
May 1972 3,600
June 1972 5,600
July 1972 9,100
November 1972 3,400
December 1972 1,800
January 1973 2,100

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