§ Mr. McNamara
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the total amount of compensation paid for(a) deaths and (b) injuries inflicted by (i) rubber bullets and (ii) plastic bullets in Northern Ireland 1969 to the present.
§ Mr. Cope
Between 1982 and 1989 (to 13 October) the total amount of damages paid as a result of claims made under the Police Act (Northern Ireland) 1970 against the Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary for deaths and injuries resulting from the use of baton rounds is as follows:
£ Death 66,000.00 Injury 562,156.53
Information relating to those claims before 1982 and claims made against the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland under criminal injuries legislation could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Compensation paid out in respect of injuries allegedly inflicted by baton rounds fired by the Army is the responsibility of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence.