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Vehicle Check Points

Volume 984: debated on Thursday 8 May 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what instructions the Royal Ulster Constabulary has to deal with persons crashing through or failing to stop at vehicle check points in Northern Ireland; and what action it is instructed to take if persons abandon a vehicle within sight of a check point and attempt to make a getaway by foot.

Anyone who refuses to stop at a check point commits an offence. It would not be in the public interest to disclose the detailed instructions

YearEmploymentPercentage Decrease on 1960 figure
196023,201
196512,98344·04
19709,38359·56
19759,46159·22
19769,11360·72
19778,51263·31
19788,21264·60
19797,54267·49

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress he has made in his efforts to secure naval work for Harland and Wolff; and what is the current position of the placing of the order of a bulk carrier for the British Steel Corporation with the Belfast shipyard.

On 6 September 1979 I met the Minister of State for Defence to put forward Harland and Wolff's case for naval work, and I subsequently confirmed that the company is on the Ministry of Defence tender list for Royal Fleet auxiliaries and other Ministry of Defence vessels for which it has the capability. Harland and Wolff will be invited to tender for suitable work when the opportunity arises. The tendering for such vessels is on a commercial basis, and the company will be competing on equal terms with other shipbuilders in the United Kingdom. I am glad to note that Harland and Wolff is currently engaged

given by the Chief Constable to members of the RUC as to how it is to conduct itself at vehicle check points. The instructions do, however, reflect the fact that in effecting an arrest, the police must, by law, use no more than the minimum force necessary.