§ 12. Mr. Nellist
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the security situation in the Province.
§ Mr. Tom King
Since I last reported to the House on 15 January, six people—a major in the Ulster Defence Regiment, a Royal Ulster Constabulary reserve constable and four civilians—have died as a result of the security situation. Three of the civilian deaths are believed to have been as a result of the Irish National Liberation Army feud.
The efforts of the security forces are continuing to yield results. Since the beginning of the year a total of 72 people have been charged with serious offences, 47 weapons, 810 rounds of ammunition and 1,617 lbs of explosives have been recovered in Northern Ireland. There was a significant find of arms, ammunition and explosives by the Garda Siochana in the border region.