HC Deb 16 April 1999 vol 329 c360W
Mr. Brady

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she will list the public appointments for which her Department is responsible and which carry a fee or salary, indicating for each type of appointment the fee or salary band which applies. [80756]

Mr. Paul Murphy

[holding answer 15 April 1999]: The information requested is contained in the Cabinet Office publication "Public Bodies 1998", copies of which are available in the Library of the House. Since publication, the following public bodies have been created:

(b) type of firearms officially registered or held by private individuals in Northern Ireland, indicating how many are for personal protection. [80454]

Mr. Ingram

At 31 December 1998 there were 139,588 firearms held by private individuals in Northern Ireland on foot of 84,553 firearms certificates issued by the Chief Constable. The breakdown of the firearms figures is as follows:

Firearm Number
Shotguns and airguns 112,657
(90,548 and 22,109 respectively)
Rifles 14,254
Handguns 12,090
(including 9,605 personal protection firearms)
Miscellaneous 58
(mainly firearms used for the humane killing of animals)