Memo of meeting between Attorney General and British Army
Two pages of a memo (AG 1971 p2 and AG 1971 p3) concerning the visit of a J.M. Parkin, Head of C2 at HQNI (British Army HQ) in the North to the then Attorney General Basil Kelly, a Unionist MP. In reference to any potential prosecutions of soldiers for the murder of civilians Parkin notes,
"I have no doubt the Attorney General is doing all within his power to protect the security forces against criminal proceedings in respect of actions on duty."
The memo continues...
"I am however satisfied that there is no need to remind him of the dangers to morale inherent in prosecutions of soldiers or policemen."
At the meeting the Attorney General promised to advise the British Army in advance if soldiers were to be prosecuted.