§ 21. Mr. Kilfedder
asked the Minister of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the countries of origin of the rifles, machine guns, rocket launchers and small arms in use by IRA terrorists in Northern Ireland or the route by which they have been brought into Northern Ireland.
§ Mr. Ian Gilmour
Weapons seized by security forces in Northern Ireland and believed to have been in IRA hands include several types which appear to have been manufactured in Austria, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Finland, France, West Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the USA and the USSR.
The place of manufacture is not necessarily the place where the terrorists obtained the weapons, and there are many routes by which they could have been brought into Northern Ireland.