§ 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. 
§ 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.