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Udr And Ruc: Screening Of Applicants

Volume 475: debated on Monday 2 June 1986

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asked Her Majesty's Government:What inquiries and investigations are now made before new recruits are accepted for the Ulster Defence Regiment, and in what ways, if any, the procedures differ from those for recruits to the Royal Ulster Constabulary.

It is not the practice to disclose details of our procedures for checking the suitability of candidates who wish to join the Armed Forces. However, I am satisfied that the procedures provide thorough safeguards. Recruitment to the RUC is a matter for the chief constable.