4. Mr. Wm. Ross
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he is satisfied with the degree of control of movement of persons and farm stock at the land frontier between the United Kingdom and the Irish Republic.
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the smuggling of large numbers of live and very noisy animals is an indication of poor control at the border? Will he give an undertaking to increase the security forces on the border, as this would have beneficial effects not only in regard to cattle smuggling but in relation to the movement of arms and explosives?
§ Mr. Dunn
My colleagues have been devising all sorts of responses to that question. The hon. Member will be aware of the difficulties of dealing with the border problem. We are aware that live pigs and dumb pigs are crossing the border. The problem is to apprehend them. It is rather like trying to catch greased pigs on a sports day. One moment they are there, the next moment they are not.
§ Mr. Powell
How can there be any satisfaction with control on the movement of persons between the Republic and the United Kingdom when it is possible for a person who has been judicially deported from this country to return no fewer than 14 times, as recently happened? Is the Secretary of State aware on how many occasions Mr. Dundon returned to the United Kingdom through Northern Ireland?