§ Mr. McNamara
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the estimated cost of the Royal Ulster Constabulary in the financial year 1985–86, giving separately figures for (a) salary and benefits, (b) transport and communication, (c) new construction, (d) other costs, (e) total gross expenditure and (f) total net expenditure after deduction of receipts.
§ Mr. Scott
The estimated cost of the Royal Ulster Constabulary in the financial year 1985–86 is set out in the table:
1 April 1985 to 31 March 1986 £ million A. Salary and benefits 237.7 B. Transport and communications 14.6 C. New construction 8.4
£ million D. Other costs 36.1 E. Total gross expenditure 296.8 F. Total net expenditure after deductions of receipts 277.6
§ Sir John Biggs-Davison
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what information he has on the extent of intimidation of members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary and their families, particularly from loyalists hostile to the Anglo-Irish agreement; and how such intimidation is being countered.
§ Mr. Scott
Since the Anglo-Irish agreement was signed in November, 17 cases of intimidation of members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary and Royal Ulster Constabulary Reserve living in predominantly Protestant areas have been recorded.
In areas where intimidation has taken place, the police have increased their level of patrolling to provide vulnerable members of the force and their families with protection and reassurance. In addition, a special headquarters unit has been set up to monitor the situation and to assist the personnel involved in every way possible, including removal to new homes.