§ Mr. Speller
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will permit soldiers serving in Ulster to accept invitations from and mix with the local population whom they seek to protect.
§ Mr. Wiggin
Whenever it is possible soldiers serving in Northern Ireland are allowed to accept invitations from and mix with the local population. However, soldiers on four-and-a-half month emergency tours have little or no time available for off-duty social activities; and, there are small areas of the Province where the level of terrorist threat is such as to preclude such social meetings.