HC Deb 22 January 1997 vol 288 cc661-2W
Mr. Maginnis

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he proposes to publish the 1996 report on the Royal Ulster Constabulary by Her Majesty's inspector of constabulary. [12586]

Sir Patrick Mayhew

Copies of the 1996 inspection report, which is the fourth RUC inspection report to be published, have today been placed in the Library.

I welcome the report and will be considering its recommendations carefully.

HMIC inspections offer the opportunities of independent, professional examination of policing practices, policies and priorities. This inspection forms part of an ongoing programme intended to examine over succeeding years aspects of police management. It is the fourth in a series and has covered a number of areas relating to the effectiveness and efficiency of operational policing.

I am grateful to Her Majesty's inspector for the report and am pleased to note that overall he regards the force as efficient.

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