asked the Secretary of State for Wales what is his estimate of the number of persons convicted of criminal acts in Wales in 1977. 1978 and 1979, who committed their offences in the furtherance of extremist aims connected with Welsh self-government; and what was the sentence meted out to each guilty person.
I have been asked to reply. It is not possible to provide the estimate requested. Information is not collected centrally on the motive for offences except in cases of homicide. The numbers of persons found guilty in Wales by offence group is published annually in the Criminal Statistics, England and Wales—tables 3(a) and 7(a) of the volume for 1978, Cmnd. 7670.