§ Mr. Barnes
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what research, and at what cost, is currently being carried out in Northern Ireland into less potentially lethal alternatives to the plastic baton round. 
§ Mr. Ingram
There is currently no formal research programme into alternatives to plastic baton rounds in Northern Ireland. The report of the Independent Commission on Policing recommended such a programme should be established and this will be addressed in the Government response to the report.