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Border Crossing Points

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what representations she has received concerning the re-opening of border crossing points BCP 92 and BCP 93; and what further plans she has for these roads. [56383]

Mr. Ingram: While I am not aware of any representations received concerning the re-opening of border crossing points BCP 92 and BCP 93, consideration is being given to their future.

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she will report progress on making good (a) Border Crossing Point 171 at Aghalane Bridge, County Fermanagh and (b) other border crossing points not yet restored to full usage after the lifting of closure orders. [56382]

Mr. Ingram: Work is progressing satisfactorily at Border Crossing point 171, and the bridge should be ready for use by Spring 1999.

There are only two other Border Crossing points which remain unopened since the revocation of closure orders: Border Crossing Points 92 and 93 in South Tyrone. I have no immediate plans to re-open the road at Annaghroe or the bridge at Knockaginny Wood.

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Murray Judgment

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans she has to introduce legislation to comply with the Murray judgment at the European Court of Human Rights. [56292]

Mr. Ingram: The Government are actively considering their response to the ECHR judgment in the case of John Murray v the United Kingdom and hope to be able to make an announcement in the near future which will outline how procedures in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are to be affected.

The Government have already incorporated the ECHR ruling in the provisions contained in the Criminal Justice (Terrorism and Conspiracy) Act 1998.

Vehicle Checkpoints

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she will list the location of permanent vehicle checkpoints in (i) September 1997 and (ii) October 1998, indicating where structures have been dismantled or removed. [56381]

Mr. Ingram: The locations of permanent vehicle checkpoints in Northern Ireland in September 1997 and October 1998 are as follows:

As at September 1997As at October 1998
Cloghogue (Newry/Dublin Road)PVCP removed--Patrol Base still in use
AughnacloyTo be removed (announced 30 September)
Bessbrook (3)Reduced structures but still in use
Mahon Road, Portadown (2)Removed
Letterkenny Road, LondonderryInactive and vacated but structure still present
Muff, Culmore Road, LondonderryInactive and vacated but structure still present
The Hump, StrabaneInactive and vacated but structure still present
Rosscor BridgeInactive but structure still present
Wattle BridgeInactive but structure still present
Mullan BridgeInactive but structure still present
GortmullanInactive but structure still present
AnnaghmartinInactive but structure still present
KillyvillyInactive but structure still present
Clonalty BridgeInactive but structure still present
Belfast International AirportInactive and vacated but structure still present

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In September 1997 there were 18 permanent vehicle checkpoints in Northern Ireland. Only three are still in operation, for the protection of the security force base at Bessbrook, Country Down. Two have been totally removed, one partially (the adjacent patrol base is still occupied). A further 8 structures are still present and manned, although the checkpoint is inactive. Three others have been vacated by the security forces. The remaining one at Aughnacloy will be demolished shortly.The continuing need for permanent vehicle checkpoints is kept under constant review. Any further changes will depend on the assessment of threat at the time.

Police Authority

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the total work force of the

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Northern Ireland Police Authority, including staff seconded from the Civil Service; if she will list the principal occupational sub-divisions or descriptive groups of staff; and what is their composition in respect of (a) gender and (b) perceived religious/community origin. [56388]

Mr. Ingram: At 1 January 1998 the total workforce of the Police Authority, including staff seconded from the Civil Service, was 3,402.

The total workforce has been broken down by Standard Occupational Classification.

Tables 1(a) and 2(a) provide a breakdown by perceived religious origin. Tables 1(b) and 2(b) provide a breakdown by gender.

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Table 1(a): All permanent NICS seconded to PANI by community background at 1 January 1998

Occupational GroupsProtestant% ProtestantRoman Catholic% Roman CatholicNot determined% not determinedTotal
1 Managers and administrators26981.54113.061.9316
2 Professional occupations650.0433.3216.712
3 Associate professional and technical occupations3886.449.124.544
4 Clerical and secretarial occupations1,45984.024314.0342.01,736
5 Crafts and skilled manual occupations19086.8146.4156.8219
6 Personal and protective service occupations5774.067.81418.277
8 Plant and machine operatives787.500.0112.58
9 Other occupations22181.9176.33211.9270
Total2,24783.832912.31064.02,682

Table 1(b): All permanent NICS seconded to PANI by gender at 1 January 1998

Occupational GroupsMale% MaleFemale% FemaleTotal
1 Managers and administrators12639.919060.1316
2 Professional occupations866.7433.312
3 Associate professional and technical occupations3988.6511.444
4 Clerical and secretarial occupations24113.91,49586.11,736
5 Crafts and skilled manual occupations21899.510.5219
6 Personal and protective service occupations5875.31924.777
8 Plant and machine operatives8100.000.08
9 Other occupations 12144.814955.2270
Total81930.51,86369.52,682

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Table 2(a): All permanent PANI direct recruits by community background at 1 January 1998

Occupational GroupsProtestant% ProtestantRoman Catholic% Roman CatholicNot determined% not determinedTotal
1 Managers and administrators 1178.6 214.317.1 14
2 Professional occupations1959.4721.9618.832
3 Associate professional and technical occupations9482.51210.587.0114
4 Clerical and secretarial occupations12100.000.000.012
5 Crafts and skilled manual occupations2284.627.727.726
6 Personal and protective service occupations12371.94023.484.7171
9 Other occupations30887.7205.7236.6351
Total 58981.88311.5486.7 720

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Table 2(b): All permanent PANI direct recruits by gender at 1 January 1998

Occupational GroupsMale% MaleFemale% FemaleTotal
1 Managers and administrators964.3535.714
2 Professional occupations2578.1721.932
3 Associate professional and technical occupations7666.73833.3114
4 Clerical and secretarial occupations758.3541.712
5 Crafts and skilled manual occupations2388.5311.526
6 Personal and protective service occupations9354.47845.6171
9 Other occupations 10931.124268.9351
Total34247.537852.5720

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Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many buildings comprise the police estate; if she will cost and itemise major works projects (a) completed over the last 12 months and (b) already underway, initiated or committed in the next 12 months; how many part-time police stations are currently in operation; and what savings are estimated in the next 12 months as a result of the improved security situation. [56389]

Mr. Ingram: In pursuance of section 4 of the Police Act (NI) 1970, the Police Authority for Northern Ireland maintains 167 buildings. Eight of these premises are wholly or partially used for the purposes of the Police Authority.



The number of part-time RUC stations currently in operation is 64.

Information regarding


is not readily available and could be compiled only at disproportionate cost.

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