§ 10. Mr. Ian Bruce
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many weapons were handed in by paramilitary organisations in 1997. 
§ Mr. Ingram
While no paramilitary organisation voluntarily decommissioned weapons during 1997 the Government's position remains that we would like to see the decommissioning of some paramilitary arms during negotiations as progress is made in the political talks. This would be a major contribution to confidence building.