HL Deb 01 March 2005 vol 670 c9WA
Lord Maginnis of Drumglass

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What progress has been made to establish the identification numbers of banknotes stolen in the recent Northern Bank robbery; why a corrected list of numbers has not been circulated to homes and businesses in Northern Ireland; and what is the amount of stolen money now believed to be untraceable. [HL1128]

Baroness Amos

The Police Service of Northern Ireland continues to work closely with officials from the Northern Bank in the course of its investigation into the robbery.

Police decided against circulating a corrected list of numbers to individual homes and businesses as it would not have been a definitive guide, but took a number of steps to communicate as quickly and to as wide an audience as possible the details of the stolen notes. The PSNI senior investigating officer conducted a number of television and press interviews and pictorial presentations of the notes have been shown. In addition, the serial numbers for three batches of new Northern Bank £10 notes, which were stolen in the incident, have been issued. The value of the notes is £16.5 million. These details are also contained on the PSNI's website.

Serial numbers for £10 million of stolen notes have not been determined.