§ Sir John Biggs-Davison
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement about changes in the composition, training and operational practice of the Ulster Defence Regiment.
§ Mr. Stanley
There are no plans to change the structure or operational role of the Ulster Defence Regiment, which has played such a vital part in supporting the Royal Ulster Constabulary in combatng terrorism. Details of a number of improvements in the training of the UDR were given in my reply to the hon. Member for Kingston-upon-Hull, North (Mr. McNamara) on 19 December 1985, at c.245-6.