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Ulster Defence Regiment

Volume 87: debated on Monday 18 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the Ulster Defence Regiment have been charged with criminal offences; and how many have been convicted since its inception.

As I explained in reply to the hon. Member on 26 July, at c. 879, no statistics are available covering all types of criminal offence. Some information is, however, available on convictions relating to serious crimes of violence.Following my earlier answer, further cases have been identified and, since 1970, we now have records of 11 UDR members or ex-members who have been convicted of murder and six of manslaughter. In addition, 99 have been convicted of assault since 1978. The great majority of these offences were of a domestic nature.