HC Deb 19 December 2000 vol 360 c123W
Mr. John D. Taylor

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he plans to visit the officers of the Royal Ulster Constabulary in Kosovo; and if he will make a statement. [143354]

Mr. Ingram

The Secretary of State has no immediate plans to visit Kosovo. In my role as Security Minister, I visited Pristina in December 1999 with the Chief Constable to meet 60 officers from the Royal Ulster Constabulary working with the United Nations Mission in Kosovo. It was evident then that the RUC contingent would play a key part in the executive policing role pending the establishment of a new Kosovan police service. The RUC has currently 62 officers in Kosovo where they continue to provide outstanding support.