Asked by: Baroness Deech (Crossbench - Life peer)
Question to the Northern Ireland Office:
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the New IRA has imported weapons from Hezbollah.
Answered by Viscount Younger of Leckie - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
The Noble Baroness will be aware that in August officers from the Police Service of Northern Ireland made a number of arrests under the Terrorism Act in connection with an ongoing investigation into the activities of the New IRA. Ten people have now been charged with a range of terrorism offences. To ensure that any subsequent prosecutorial proceedings are not compromised, it would not be appropriate to comment further at this stage.