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23. Helen Jones

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the international role of the RUC. [103435]

Mr. Ingram

In accordance with the provisions of Section 8 of the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 1998, the Royal Ulster Constabulary have seven officers serving with the United Nations International Police Task Force in Bosnia where they are monitoring the performance of the Bosnian police service. Sixty RUC officers are also with the United Nations Mission in Kosovo, where they are undertaking an executive policing role pending a new Kosovan police service being trained and ready to take over law enforcement there.

26. Mr. Thompson

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many members of the RUC are involved in peacekeeping duties in Bosnia and Kosovo; and if he will make a statement. [103438]

Mr. Ingram

I refer the hon. Gentleman to the reply given to my hon. Friend the Member for Norwich, North (Dr. Gibson) on 24 November 1999,Official Report, column 159.