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Paramilitary activity by republicans and loyalists continues in various forms, although it is at a relatively low level compared to previous years.
No, I cannot give that assurance. The assurance that I can give is that the Army will always provide the level of support to the police that is appropriate and necessary, given an assessment of the threat. We will not take any risks with the security of the people of Northern Ireland, but it is important that we use our resources in the most effective manner. That means ensuring that they are deployed against the threat that exists. Therefore, we will look at these matters from time to time, in a sensible and responsible way.