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Northern Ireland

Volume 889: debated on Wednesday 26 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is the present strength of the Army in Northern Ireland; and how this compares with the strength of the Army immediately before the announcement of cessation of violence by the Provisional IRA.

The present strength of the Army in Northern Ireland is approximately 15,000. This does not differ significantly from the strength im- mediately prior to the cease-fire which started on 10th February 1975.