§ Mr. Kilfedder
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is the present strength of the Army in Northern Ireland; and how this compares with the strength of the Army immediately before the announcement of cessation of violence by the Provisional IRA.
§ Mr. Robert C. Brown
The present strength of the Army in Northern Ireland is approximately 15,000. This does not differ significantly from the strength im-142W mediately prior to the cease-fire which started on 10th February 1975.