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Carrickmore, Crossmaglen (Security)

Volume 974: debated on Monday 26 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he is satisfied with the present arrangements for security coverage of the Carrickmore, Crossmaglen districts; and, in view of Irish Republican Army claims and other available evidence that the Provisional Irish Republican Army patrol these areas, if he intends to intensify the security presence in these areas.

[pursuant to his reply, 15 November 1979, c. 783]: The deployment of the security forces in any part of Northern Ireland is a matter for the Chief Constable and the General Officer Commanding. I am satisfied that the security forces will take appropriate action against the presence anywhere of armed terrorists, and that present dispositions take all recent evidence into account.