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Royal Prerogative Of Mercy

Volume 987: debated on Thursday 3 July 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the occasions since the beginning of direct rule when the Royal prerogative of mercy has been used in Northern Ire- land; and if he will list the dates, offences and length of sentence given and served in each case.

Since 1972 the Royal prerogative of mercy has been used to remit all or part of a custodial sentence on the number of occasions listed below in column 1. Additionally special remission has been granted, because of Christmas holidays, on the number of occasions listed in column 2.

(1)(2)
19725623
19739619
19744770
19753333
1976641
1977815
19782232
19797731
1980 (to 30 June)50
The information necessary to list the dates, offences and lengths of sentence is not readily available, and could not be obtained without disproportionate effort and expense.