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Volume 975: debated on Tuesday 11 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what new measures he has brought into operation in an effort to improve security since 3 May.

It would not be in the interests of security to go into details on any operational measures which have been introduced or are under con- sideration. The hon. Member will know, however, that a security co-ordinator has been appointed to assist me in improving the co-ordination and effectiveness of the fight against terrorism and that the establishment of the RUC has been increased from 6,500 to 7,500. Important progress has also been made in security co-operation with the Republic of Ireland. I am satisfied that these and other measures are making a real contribution to improvements in security.