HC Deb 22 June 1971 vol 819 cc266-7W
Mr. Stratton Mills

asked the Minister of State for Defence if he will state the number of joint military/Royal Ulster Constabulary stations in Northern Ireland, the number of these where the new guarding arrangements have been completed, and when the remainder will be completed.

Mr. G. Johnson Smith

Army assistance with improved security arrangements for R.U.C. stations has already been provided. Other measures are under examination with a view to their possible introduction. These improvements apply not only to jointly manned stations but also to others occupied solely by the R.U.C.

Rev. Ian Paisley

asked the Minister of State for Defence under what circumstances the Army at Andersonstown Royal Ulster Constabulary Station, Belfast, came under attack from Irish Republican Army terrorists in broad daylight on the morning of Thursday, 17th June; how many shots were fired by the terrorists; whether the fire was returned; how the terrorists were able to escape; what searches were made; and what arrests resulted.

Mr. G. Johnson Smith

About 15 rounds were fired from a car, by persons yet to be identified, at a sentry outside Andersonstown R.U.C. station. Two shots were returned but the assailants were able to escape in the car, searches for which were immediately instituted although so far no arrests have been made.

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