Mr. John D. Taylor
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he received the application from the Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary for an increase in the strength of the RUC; what increase in members was requested; and if he will make a statement.
§ Dr. Mawhinney
The bid for an increase of 239 in the establishment of the regular RUC and for 202 in the full-time reserve was received from the police authority on 23 November 1990. That bid has received careful consideration and a response will shortly be sent to the authority.