asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the present recruitment rate of Catholics into the Royal Ulster Constabulary; and how that compares with the rates which obtained in 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975 and 1980.
The religious denominations of the Royal Ulster Constabulary and its reserve have not been recorded since 1970, thus comparative statistics are not available. Nevertheless, I understand that about 12 per cent. of those recruited to the force in 1984 were Catholics.The RUC is anxious to attract suitably qualified recruits from all parts of the community.
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the condition of certain border Royal Ulster Constabulary stations.
The provision and maintenance of buildings for the Royal Ulster Constabulary is the responsibility of the Police Authority for Northern Ireland, working in conjunction with the Chief Constable. Pressure on accommodation has arisen due to the substantial growth in the size of the Royal Ulster Constabulary in recent years; but, with the support of the Northern Ireland Office, the Police Authority is giving high priority to the provision of new accommodation and the upgrading of existing accommodation. This programme of work will extend to all Royal Ulster Constabulary premises, including rural stations. In excess of £55 million has been earmarked for this purpose over the next three years.
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what subjects he discussed at his last meeting with the Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary.
My right hon. Friend meets the Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary regularly. Their meetings are confidential and it would not be right for me to disclose their content.