asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons in each year since 1969 have been imprisoned in England and Wales for Irish Republican Army or other terrorist activities.
There is no separate offence of terrorism in our criminal law. The table below is based on information kept by the Metropolitan Police giving an indication of the numbr of people sentenced to imprisonment in England and Wales for offences connected with terrorist activities in each year since 1969. The offences included range from murder and causing explosions to various firearms offences and offences under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. It is emphasised that the classification of particular offences as terrorist or connected with terrorism is a matter of judgment.Inner London courts during each of the last four years;(3) how many community service orders have been imposed for each major type of offence by Inner London courts during each of the last four years;(4) what was the average number of hours of community service imposed per offender by Inner London courts during each of the past four years.
I regret that not all the information requested is readily available. My noble Friend will write to my hon. Friend shortly with such information as can be provided.