§ Mr. McCusker
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many applications he received during 1977 from people wishing to carry personal protection weapons; how many were refused; how many appealed; and how many appeals were successful.
§ Mr. Dunn
I am informed by the Chief Constable that 1,487 applications for the grant of firearms for personal protection were received in 1977; 1,333 were granted and 154 refused. Sixty-six appeals against the refusals were received and these were dealt with as follows:
Outside Prescribed Time Limit for Appeal 7 Reconsidered and granted by Chief Constable 11 Refused 32 Allowed 10 Pending at 31st December 1977 6