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Mr Patrick O'hagan

Volume 978: debated on Thursday 7 February 1980

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15.

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he has yet had consultations regarding the position of Mr. Patrick O'Hagan.

Yes, Sir. We have agreed with the Home Office that when it is known that a prisoner in Northern Ireland is likely to travel to Great Britain on leave or on the completion of his sentence, the chief constable of the area to be visited will be consulted.

I wonder whether the Northern Ireland Office has made any representations about this case to see whether the exclusion order can be withdrawn, bearing in mind that the arrest and detention of Patrick O'Hagan whilst on leave from prison—duly authorised and informed to the police—was without precedent, and in the belief that it was unjust that the Home Office and the West Yorkshire police should so act?

The merits or otherwise of making exclusion orders in Great Britain do not fall to my righthon. Friends or to myself to decide. We were simply concerned with the mechanics of the travel incident involved. As I told the hon. Gentleman, we have considered the procedures, and they are being revised?

ANALYSIS OF STAFF* IN THE GRADE OF HIGHER EXECUTIVE OFFICER† AND

ABOVE SERVING IN THE NORTHERN IRELAND OFFICE IN THE YEAR SHOWN

Permanent staff

Seconded

NICS

UKCS‡

staff

Parent Department of seconded staff

1 January 19761794353Ministry of Defence (14)
Foreign and Commonwealth Office (10)
Home Office (9)
Other (20)§
1 January 19772024248Ministry of Defence (18)
Foreign and Commonwealth Office (8)
Home Office (7)
Other (15)
1 January 19782355333Ministry of Defence (9)
Foreign and Commonwealth Office (7)
Home Office (6)
Other (11)
1 January 19792505424Ministry of Defence (5)
Foreign and Commonwealth Office (5)
Home Office (6)
Other (8)
1 January 19802695726Ministry of Defence (6)
Foreign and Commonwealth Office (5)
Home Office (5)
Other (10)

* Of the Northern Ireland Civil service, the united Kingdom civil service and the Diplomatic service.

† The grade of assistant principal was abolished in 1969: higher executive officer is the nearest

equivalent.

‡ A number of these civil servants came originally from other Government Departments but have transferred to

the permanent staff of the Northern Ireland Office.

§ Other Departments include: Department of Industry, Customs and Excise, Department of Health and Social

Security, Department of Employment, Civil Service Department, Inland Revenue, Natural Environment Research Council,

Metropolitan Police Office, Land Registry, Treasury, Lord Chancellor's Department.