§ Mr. McNamara
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many civil and criminal actions, respectively, have been taken against members of the security forces in respect of damage to property;
(2) what has been the amount of damages awarded and the number of criminal convictions as a result of proceedings taken against members of the security forces in respect of damage to property.
§ Mr. Alison
Between 1 January 1974 and 31 October 1980 there were 87 cases in which Service men were prosecuted for causing damage to civilian property; 27 Service men were subsequently convicted in 16 of these prosecutions. The remaining information is not readily available in the form requested and could be compiled only at disproportionate cost.