HC Deb 06 March 1987 vol 111 c732W
Sir George Young

asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many incidents were recorded in each of the last three years, in Northern Ireland, in which military personnel accidentally discharged firearms.

Mr. Stanley

The number of negligent discharges of weapons involving military personnel in Northern Ireland is as follows:

Year Number
1984 104
1985 101
1986 85
19871 16
1 To 28 February

The vast majority of these incidents occurred when soldiers were clearing their weapons on returning to base following a patrol. Clearance of weapons takes place under supervision in a designated area within the base.