asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) whether any spares for the Ruger rifles and pistols in the possession of the Royal Ulster Constabulary have been imported into Northern Ireland since the order was frozen; and whether they were obtained from the manufacturers;(2) whether the Ruger pistols and rifles at present in the possession of the Royal Ulster Constabulary have been paid for;
(3) whether the order of Ruger rifles and pistols for the Royal Ulster Constabulary frozen in the United States of America by President Carter in 1979 has been paid for.
It is not the practice to publish details of the Royal Ulster Constabulary's arms holdings, requirements and sources of supply, but I can assure the hon. Gentleman that the RUC continues to have adequate weapons to carry out its duties. The weapons it holds have been paid for; and it has not paid for any weapons not delivered.