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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 23rd March 2005.

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Photo of Ian Pearson Ian Pearson Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Northern Ireland Office 11:30 am, 23rd March 2005

In 1998, when the Patten Commission was conducting its investigation, only 8.3 per cent. of regular officers were from the Roman Catholic community. As of 1 March, that figure stands at 17.18 per cent., with 1,733 recruits having been selected for appointment on a 50:50 basis. Our goal is to increase Catholic representation to 30 per cent. by 2010–11, the date that Patten envisaged was adequate in achieving that aim. I am pleased to say that we are very much on target to achieve that goal.