HC Deb 19 March 1998 vol 308 cc724-5W
Mr. McNamara

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what guidance her Department gave to the delegation of Sinn Fein representatives at the ministerial meeting on 5 November 1997 concerning the protection of individuals who have become vulnerable following the loss or theft of personal files held by the security forces; and what steps have been taken (a) to assess the number of individuals currently at risk, (b) to provide greater access to information for individuals at risk and (c) to prevent breaches of security in the future. [32809]

Mr. Ingram

[holding answer 11 March 1998]: I met a delegation from Sinn Fein on 5 November, following which I wrote to Mr. Adams. It would not be appropriate to disclose the details of either the discussion or my subsequent letter. However, my hon. Friend may wish to consider making contact with Mr. Adams personally.

In answer to part (c) of his question I can advise my hon. Friend that instructions have been issued to the RUC by way of a Code Regulation.