§ Mr. Meadowcroft
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the effectiveness of the Royal Ulster Constabulary has been affected by the Stalker and Sampson inquiries.
§ Mr. Scott
This is a matter for the Chief Constable, but I understand he is satisfied that the inquiry itself is having little, if any, impact on the overall effectiveness of the Royal Ulster Constabulary. However he is concerned that ill-founded and distorted speculation and comment in the media about the inquiry could adversely affect the morale, and therefore the effectiveness, of officers other than those who are directly involved.