Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:18 pm on 25th February 1988.

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Photo of Mr Tom King Mr Tom King The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 5:18 pm, 25th February 1988

Many misunderstandings and misrepresentations have bedevilled this affair. I am sorry that the hon. Gentleman used the phrase "shoot to kill". Shoot to kill is the wrong phrase. Does it mean shoot on sight, or without proper warning, or without observing the correct procedures for the use of force? Whatever it means, no evidence was identified and the Attorney-General made that clear to the House. That is important. I notice that one of my predecessors, the noble Lord Prior, has confirmed that, as far as his Office was concerned, no such policy was pursued.