§ 23. Mr. Michael McNair-Wilson
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement about the operation of the security forces in Northern Ireland.
§ Mr. Robert C. Brown
Operations by the Armed Services continue in support of the civil power in Northern Ireland at 91W levels related to the particular security situation in each area of the Province. These operations which are aimed at preventing terrorists from acquiring and using arms and explosives and at assisting the police in bringing to justice those who commit acts of violence, continue to meet with success: so far this year 975 persons arrested by the security forces have been charged with terrorist offences and some 650 terrorists' weapons, almost 58,000 rounds of ammunition and over 20,000 lb. of explosives have been found.