§ Mr. Carson
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether, since the setting up of incident centres in Northern Ireland, the security forces are carrying out foot patrols in Republican areas.
§ Mr. Merlyn Rees
Consistent with my recent statements to the House, the Army has been able to reduce the size and frequency of its patrols, particularly in urban areas. That reduction has been related to the level of violence occurring and not to the establishment of incident centres.