§ Sir John Biggs-Davison
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement about his visit to Her Majesty's forces in Northern Ireland.
§ Mr. Younger
I visited Northern Ireland last week and was able to see elements of all three services, including the Ulster Defence Regiment, and a number of different aspects of security forces operations in Northern Ireland. I also saw something of the difficult and dangerous conditions under which the security forces have to operate. I was very impressed by the professionalism and the commitment of all the security forces, and I am sure that the whole House shares my appreciation of their courage and dedication.