HC Deb 22 November 2001 vol 375 c399W
Mr. McNamara

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made in phase II of the research programme to find alternatives to the plastic baton round; what the estimated cost is of phase II; if he will place its findings in the Library; and at what stage he intends to open out to competitive tender or introduce an independent element into the research programme. [7112]

Jane Kennedy

Phase II of the research programme has now been completed and I will shortly place a copy of the Steering Group's report in the Library of the House. The report will outline our priorities for further research. To date costings for the research programme are approaching £1. million. Arrangements will be made to ensure close liaison between the Policing Board and the Steering Group leading the research programme.

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