HC Deb 20 October 1999 vol 336 c594W
18. Mr. Ennis

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are being taken to create a more normal security environment in Northern Ireland. [92989]

Mr. Ingram

We are committed to as early a return as possible to normal security arrangements, consistent with the level of threat.

Since the Good Friday Agreement, routine military patrolling has been reduced by almost two thirds. Military installations have been closed and demolished. Since January, there have been under 15,000 service personnel on operational duties in Northern Ireland, except during short periods of heightened tension over the summer. This is fewer than at any time since 1970.