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Royal Ulster Constabulary

Volume 301: debated on Thursday 27 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many RUC officers have been seconded to other jurisdictions inside and outside the United kingdom over the past year; and how many officers of other jurisdictions have been seconded to the RUC over the same period. [13073]

DateCB1CB2CB33TotalPercentage CB1Percentage CB2MaleFemaleTotalPercentage female
Royal Ulster Constabulary
1 September 19957,5366722568,46489.047.947,5898758,46410.3
2 September 19967,4476772608,38488.828.077,4948908,38410.6
1 September 19977,5227012738,49688.548.257,5769208,49610.8
Full-time reserve
1 September 19952,7801991663,14588.396.332,9941513,1454.8
2 September 19962,6531961623,01188.116.512,8591523,0115.0
1 September 19972,5672001562,92387.826.842,7062172,9237.4
Part-time reserve
1 September 19951,44777211,54593.664.981,0095361,54534.7
2 September 19961,41179211,51193.385.239725391,51135.7
1 September 19971,29768171,38293.854.928994831,38234.9

[holding answer 6 November 1997]: During the past year seven RUC officers have been seconded to other jurisdictions and one officer is presently seconded to the Royal Ulster Constabulary from a GB force.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she will list the principal functions of E4A squads, special support units, headquarters, mobile support units and special military intelligence units within the RUC; the annual cost of each; the numbers of officers and administrative staff employed; and the composition of each based on gender and religious/community origin. [13075]

[holding answer 6 November 1997]: The information sought is confidential to the Chief Constable.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what are the terms of reference of the joint RUC and Police Authority for Northern Ireland working group to address the under-representation of women, Catholics and minorities within the RUC; and when it is expected to report. [13069]

[holding answer 6 November 1997]: The terms of reference of the joint Royal Ulster Constabulary, Police Authority for Northern Ireland and Civilian Working Group are:

to review the representation of Catholics, women and ethnic minorities within the RUC;
to assess the reasons for any under-representation and to make recommendations how suitable applicants from all communities can be encouraged to apply;
to examine selection procedures and satisfy the group that they assure equality of opportunity.
The group is expected to report to the Chief Constable in early 1998.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what were the staffing levels of the RUC in September (a) 1995, (b) 1996 and (c) 1997 (1) in total and (2) broken down (i) into numbers and percentages of full-time, reserve full-time and part-time staff (ii) by gender and (iii) by perceived religious/community origin. [13071]

[holding answer 6 November 1997]: The information sought is set out below:

Date

CB1

CB2

CB33

Total

Percentage CB1

Percentage CB2

Male

Female

Total

Percentage female

Combined

1 September 199511,76394844313,15489.437.2111,5921,56213,15411.9
2 September 199611,51195244312,90689.197.3811,3251,58112,90612.3
1 September 199711,38696944612,80188.957.5711,1811,62012,80112.7

1 Perceived to be from the Protestant community.

2 Perceived to be from the Catholic community.

3 Other.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she will publish the rules relating to the display by a uniformed RUC officer of clear personal identification. [15898]

[holding answer 18 November 1997]: RUC instructions require that Sergeants and Constables display numerals on the epaulettes of all outer garments. All other officers are required to display their badge of rank.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what her policy is on the RUC indicating adherence to the Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials adopted by the 8th UN Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders in September 1990; [15903](2) what her policy is on the RUC indicating adherence to the UN Rules for the Protection of Juveniles Deprived of their Liberty, adopted by the General Assembly Resolution 45/113 of 14 December 1990; [15904](3) what her policy is on the RUC indicating adherence to the United Nations Principles on the Effective Prevention and Investigation of Extra-Legal, Arbitrary and Summary Executions recommended by the Economic and Social Council Resolution of 24 May 1989; [15905]

Royal Ulster Constabulary
YearCB11CB22CB33TotalPercentage CB1Percentage CB2Percentage CB3
19935188612973370.6711.7317.60
Acceptances58346589.234.626.15
CompA 19942,8364423393,61778.4112.229.37
Acceptances62957681.5811.846.58
CompB 19941,7045121652,38171.5721.506.93
Acceptances8617811177.4815.327.21
CompC 19951,4484671432,05870.3622.696.95
Acceptances9820912777.1715.757.09
CompD 19951,7744381882,40073.9218.257.83
Acceptances128281417075.2916.478.24
CompE 19961,5733671552,09575.0817.527.40
Acceptances67968281.7110.987.32
CompF 19962,0584032682,72975.4114.779.82
Acceptances12612514388.118.393.50
CompG 19972,1664122122,79077.6314.777.60
AcceptancesNot yet processed
CompF 1996 is still subject to withdrawals by applicants.
1 Perceived to be from the Protestant community.
2 Perceived to be from the Roman Catholic community.
3 Other.

(4) what her policy is on the RUC indicating adherence to the United Nations Body of Principles for the Protection of All Persons under any form of Detention or Imprisonment adopted by the General Assembly Resolution of 9 December 1988; [15906]

(5) what her policy is on the RUC indicating adherence to the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, approved by the Economic and Social Council of 13 May 1977. [15907]

[holding answer 18 November 1997]: The instruments to which my hon. Friend refers, which are not legally binding as their wording shows, are recommendatory in nature. None carries a requirement or mechanism for indications of adherence. However, the importance of the recommended standards has been acknowledged by the United Kingdom's support for their adoption.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many applications for employment in the RUC were made in each year since 1993; from which community they came; and how many from each community were recruited. [15897]

[holding answer 18 November 1997]: The number of applications for membership of the RUC for each year since 1993 is shown in the following tables together with the community background of the applicants and the numbers accepted from each community.

Full-time reserve

Year

CB11

CB22

CB33

Total

Percentage CB1

Percentage CB2

Percentage CB3

19931,0391111241,27481.558.719.73
Acceptances9581111483.337.029.65
1994No vacancies advised for FTR
CompB 19951,0422821301,45471.6619.398.94
Acceptances19432673.0815.3811.54
CompC 19961,0752551011,43175.1217.827.06
Acceptances12924816180.1214.914.97
CompD 19971,1541841351,47378.3412.499.16
Acceptances51726085.0011.673.33
CompE 19976131055577379.3013.587.12
AcceptancesNot yet processed
CompD 1997 not yet fully processed.

1 Perceived to be from the Protestant community.

2 Perceived to be from the Roman Catholic community.

3 Other.

Part-time reserve

Year

CB11

CB22

CB33

Total

Percentage CB1

Percentage CB2

Percentage CB3

1993830903895886.649.393.97
Acceptances12313213889.139.421.45
CompA 1994451451551188.268.812.94
Acceptances59636886.768.824.41
CompB 19941,4162361021,75480.7313.455.82
Acceptances12819515284.2112.503.29

1 Perceived to be from the Protestant community.

2 Perceived to be from the Roman Catholic community.

3 Other.