HC Deb 03 February 1970 vol 795 cc95-6W
97. Mr. Roebuck

asked the Secretary of State for Defence by what authority the General Officer Commanding, North Ireland, gives orders to the Ulster Special Constabulary; and by what authority he imposes sanctions for disobedience.

Mr. Hattersley

The General Officer Commanding, Northern Ireland, gives orders to the Ulster Constabulary by virtue of the Directive appointing him Director of Operations. This was founded on the agreement, reached between the Government of the United Kingdom and the Government of Northern Ireland on 19th August, 1969, to place the Ulster Special Constabulary under the G.O.C.'s control. Disciplinary matters are the responsibility of the Inspector General of the Royal Ulster Constabulary.