HC Deb 03 March 1983 vol 38 c180W
Mr. Christopher Price

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the video cameras installed for the surveillance of police interrogation in Northern Ireland cost; how long it took to install them; and how much it would cost to convert them to produce video recordings for the determination by the courts of the reliability of confession statements.

Mr. John Patten

The closed-circuit television cameras used by the Royal Ulster Constabulary at a number of police stations throughout Northern Ireland to aid supervision of the interrogation of terrorist suspects and certain other persons cost approximately £50,000, and were installed over a period of approximately six months in 1979. It is estimated that it would cost £76,000 to provide these cameras with a video recording facility.