HC Deb 21 October 1971 vol 823 cc163-4W
Rev. Ian Paisley

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in view of the concern of policemen and their wives and families residing in Royal Ulster Constabulary stations in Northern Ireland about the security of these stations, what steps he now proposes to take, in view of the disarming of the Royal Ulster Constabulary under the terms of the Hunt Report, either to provide adequate military protection for these stations, or so to alter the Hunt Report that the Royal Ulster Constabulary can be re-armed with weapons suitable to resist Irish Republican Army attacks.

Mr. Maudling

37 police stations in Northern Ireland are at present protected day and night by static guards provided by the regular army or the U.D.R. A further 31 are so protected at night only. The remaining 82 are patrolled by the regular army or the U.D.R.

My right hon. and noble Friend the Defence Secretary and I are considering in conjunction with the Northern Ireland Government and the Police Authority for Northern Ireland what additional or alternative measures may be necessary.