HC Deb 03 December 1996 vol 286 c630W
Mr. Robert McCartney

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is his policy with respect to security forces effecting hot pursuit beyond the United Kingdom's land frontiers. [7200]

Sir John Wheeler

Arrangements have existed for some time which permit British aircraft to fly a short distance into the Republic of Ireland, subject to strict conditions, to help in dealing with specific incidents. It would not be appropriate for me to discuss the fine details of such arrangements, as this may blunt their effectiveness in dealing with terrorism.