HC Deb 28 June 1993 vol 227 cc337-8W
Mr. Maginnis

To ask the Secretary of Stale for Northern Ireland what plans there are to deploy greater manpower resources to the Royal Ulster Constabulary's drugs squad; if other officers are seconded to augment the squad; and how many seconded officers have served six months or longer periods during each of the last four years.

Sir Patrick Mayhew

The deployment of police officers is an operational matter for the Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary, and I understand that the strength of the drugs squad is regularly reviewed by him. There is an ongoing programme of six-month secondments to the drugs squad; figures on secondments are not kept on a yearly basis but it is estimated that 90 officers have been involved over the last four years.