It read: "I am coming to the conclusion that the minimum force necessary to achieve a restoration of law and order is to shoot selected ringleaders amongst the DYH (Derry Young Hooligans) after clear warnings have been issued.
Sir Robert said he had written the memo because the 500-strong DYH, armed with explosives, were becoming increasingly active.
Wang J, Shin WG, Mertler M, Sachweh B, Fissan H, Pui DYH
Sir Robert said the aim was to incapacitate a band of DYH
who created anarchy by stone-throwing, destruction and arson while hidden under sniper fire.
In it Ford is said to have stated: "The minimum force necessary to achieve a restoration of law and order is to shoot selected ringleaders among the DYH
after clear warnings have been given.