§ 10. Mr. Carson
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he is satisfied with the standard of weapons and equipment supplied to the RUC in their fight against the terrorists.
§ Mr. Carson
Does the Secretary agree that if, in his own words, the RUC gradually takes over security in Northern Ireland, it will require weapons equivalent to those of the British Army? Is the hon. Gentleman also aware that the vehicles that are being used in the RUC are classed as suicide vehicles in Northern Ireland? Will the Minister ensure that the RUC gets the proper weapons, training and vehicles to fight terrorists and to take over full security in Northern Ireland?
§ Mr. Moyle
It is not for me to ensure anything. It is for the Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary to make out a case for any equipment he wants to the Police Authority and it is for the Police Authority to agree with him.
The whole subject of the RUC's equipment with vehicles is being looked at by one of Her Majesty's Inspectors of constabulary. Already 100 vehicles have been received on account and the balance is under consideration. There is a working party on weapons and equipment and there are technical advisors to help the Chief Constable make out his case, and therefore he is in a full position to do so.
§ Mr. Moyle
The hon. Gentleman's question lies outside the original Question. I was not referring to a working party on the co-ordination of the Army and the police. I was talking about a working party which advises the Chief Constable about the equipment for the RUC and which includes representatives of the Police Federation.