HC Deb 23 June 1994 vol 245 cc288-9W
Mr. A. Cecil Walker

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the total number of persons serving in the Royal Ulster Constabulary, as at 1 May in the ranks of(a) constable, (b) sergeant, (c) inspector, (d) chief inspector, (e) superintendent and (f) chief superintendent; and if he will give the numbers in each rank who are believed to be CB1 (Protestant origin), CB2 (Roman Catholic) and CB3 (other).

Sir John Wheeler

The number of persons serving in the Royal Ulster Constabulary by rank and perceived community background is collated annually. The following statistics relate to 31 December 1993.

1992 and May 1993; how many in each category were subsequently charged; and what were the figures in each case for the period July 1993 to May 1994.

Sir John Wheeler

The available information is for the whole of Northern Ireland and is as follows:

Date Total arrests Suspect loyalists charged Suspect republicans charged
1 July 1992 to 31 May 1993 1,531 208 233
1 July 1993 to 31 May 1994 1,638 149 132

A breakdown by police sub-division, and information on how many of the individuals arrested were suspected members of loyalist or republican groups, is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.