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Prisoners (Escapes)

Volume 934: debated on Wednesday 29 June 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many persons have absconded in Northern Ireland in 1977 to date when they were released from prison or police custody to attend the funerals of, or to visit, seriously ill relations; how many of these persons were charged with or convicted of terrorist-type offences; and how many were from RUC divisions N, O and P.

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many persons have been released from prison or police custody to attend funerals or to visit seriously ill relatives in each of the following years: 1974, 1975, 1976 and 1977 to date; and how many in each year were charged with or convicted of terrorist-type offences.

Prison records do not separately identify persons convicted of terrorist offences. However, all special category prisoners have been convicted of offences connected with the civil disturbances and committed before 1st March 1976.The following were granted compassionate leave from prisons:

TotalSpecial Category (included in total)
19748352
1975193149
1976201170
1977 (to 22nd June)6955

Persons in police custody are not normally granted such leave.