§ Mr. Pounder
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what consideration he has given to proposing a major reorganisation or reconstruction of the Royal Ulster Constabulary;
(2) what consideration he has given to creating a new police force in Northern Ireland to replace the Royal Ulster Constabulary.
§ Mr. Peter Mills
The RUC will remain the single police force in Northern Ireland. My right hon. Friend has no plans for a major reorganisation or reconstruction.
The greatest need at present is to build up the strength and effectiveness of the RUC, and to encourage recruiting from the community as a whole.