§ Mr. William Ross
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he will publish Her Majesty's inspectorate of constabulary report on the RUC.
§ Sir Patrick Mayhew
Copies of the 1993 inspection report, which is the first RUC inspection report to be published, have today been placed in the Library. I welcome the report and will be considering its recommendations carefully. I am grateful to Her Majesty's inspectorate for the report and am pleased to note that overall he regards the force as efficient.
HMIC's inspections offer the opportunity of professional examination of policing policies and priorities and this inspection focused specifically on areas selected for their contribution to efficient and effective operational policing.
The publication, for the first time, of this report is entirely in line with both the Government's and the Chief Constable's clear commitment to more openness.