§ 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.