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Departmental Abbreviations

Volume 940: debated on Monday 28 November 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will publish a list of the abbreviations commonly used by his Department in parliamentary speeches, statements and answers to Questions with their respective meanings.

The following abbreviations have been used by me and my ministerial colleagues on occasions, but generally when their meaning has already been made clear:

DUPDemocratic Unionist Party
GOCGeneral Officer Commanding
IRAIrish Republican Army
NICSNorthern Ireland Civil Service
NILPNorthern Ireland Labour Party
OIRAOfficial Irish Republican Army
OUPOfficial Unionist Party
PIRAProvisional Irish Republic Army
RUCRoyal Ulster Constabulary
SDLPSocial Democratic and Labour Party
UDAUlster Defence Association
UDRUlster Defence Regiment
UUUCUnited Ulster Unionist Council
UVFUlster Volunteer Force
UWCUlster Workers Council.