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Ulster Defence Regiment

Volume 927: debated on Wednesday 2 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the differences between the equipment issued to the Ulster Defence Regiment and the Regular Army.

Members of the UDR are equipped for their rôle to the same high standard as members of the Regular Army performing the same rôle, and their personal equipment and weapons, vehicles and stores are, in general, the same as those used by the Regular Army for the same tasks. Since the UDR is essentially a part-time force it is not necessary for it to be equipped in all respects to the same scale as the Regular Army. The scale of issue is, however, adequate for normal operational needs and can be supplemented when necessary from the Regular Army pool of equipment.