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Police Service of Northern Ireland: Aircraft

Volume 496: debated on Monday 20 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what arrangements are in place for the Army and the RAF to provide aerial support to the Police Service of Northern Ireland; and how many times in the last two years such support has been provided. (287613)

Military support is available to the Police Service of Northern Ireland under the Military Assistance to the Civil Power arrangements.

The number of times that the support has been requested in the last two years is an operational matter for the Chief Constable. I have asked him to reply directly to the hon. Gentleman, and will arrange for a copy of the letter to be placed in the Library of the House.