HC Deb 20 December 2000 vol 360 c193W
10. Fiona Mactaggart

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the threat posed by paramilitary activity during the pre-Christmas period in Northern Ireland. [141761]

Mr. Ingram

The Royal Ulster Constabulary have advised that there continues to be a high threat of attack from dissident republicans over the pre-Christmas period, with the most likely targets being the security force personnel and establishments. Recent events show the potential for the escalation of sectarian attacks. Commercial premises could be subject to incendiary attacks. On 8 December police advised owners of commercial premises to be extra vigilant about the security of their property in the run up to Christmas. The Royal Ulster Constabulary are taking all possible precautions to ensure the safety of the public and premises.