Mr. Wm. Ross
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many shotguns, rifles and pistols have been held by the general public in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.
§ Mr. Mason
Records were centralised in 1974. The position at 1st August in the years 1974–1977 was as follows:
the Health Service provides for the planning of a scheme of initial reconstruction to modernise the hospital's facilities. The details of the scheme have now been finalised and will be announced tomorrow, 16th November, by my noble Friend Lord Melchett. This scheme does not involve any increase in the total bed complement of the hospital.
Mr. Wm. Ross
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much public money has been spent on new buildings and equipment at the Mater Hosptial, Belfast, since it came under public control; and to which public department or other body these new buildings and equipment belong.
§ Mr. Carter
No public money has been spent on new buildings and equipment at the Mater Hospital since it came under public control, but the Eastern Health and Social Services Board, which administers the hospital, has undertaken some urgently needed renovations of existing facilities, pending final decisions on the scheme of initial reconstruction for which the deed of arrangement provides.