HC Deb 08 December 1971 vol 827 cc330-1W
Mr. George Cunningham

asked the Minister of State for Defence what is the rank and title of the Army's most senior medical officer in Northern Ireland.

Lord Balniel

Colonel. Assistant Director of Medical Services, Northern Ireland.

Mr. McNamara

asked the Minister of State for Defence how many young persons below 15 years of age have been arrested in Northern Ireland by the Army; what were their ages; on what grounds they were arrested; and for how long they were detained.

Mr. G. Johnson Smith

Twenty-nine since 1st August, 1971, of whom 18 were aged 14, six aged 13, two aged 12, two aged 11 and one aged 10. They were suspected of offences relating to riotous behaviour, disorderly behaviour, breach of the peace or malicious damage. They were transferred as quickly as possible to the Royal Ulster Constabulary. Their subsequent detention and the preferring of charges were matters for the civil authorities although I understand that every effort is made to ensure that young persons are not held at police stations for any longer than is necessary.