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Royal Ulster Constabulary

Volume 114: debated on Monday 6 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has of the total cost to date of the Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary's legal actions before (a) industrial tribunals in Northern Ireland and (b) the European Court in respect of the actions of those full-time and part-time reserve women police officers who received compensatory awards for discrimination; and whether any further liability to public funds may be expected to arise.

The cost of the compensation agreed to date has been £236,920. Further claims have been made and if these are ruled admissible by the president of the industrial tribunal they may result in an increase to this figure. I have nothing to add on legal costs to the reply I gave to my hon. Friend on 2 April at column 612.