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Prevention Of Terrorism Act

Volume 79: debated on Friday 24 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons were detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act at Manchester airport, Liverpool ferry terminus and at other points of entry into the United Kingdom during the period 1983 to 1985; how many persons were charged with any offences arising from detention; and what proportion of those charged have been convicted.

Information on total detentions at a port or airport in Great Britain is published each quarter in the Home Office statistical bulletin "Statistics on the operation of the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Acts 1974, 1976 and 1984". Information on charges and convictions following all detentions is published annually (tables 6 and 7 of statistical bulletin 1/85). The more detailed information requested is given in the table. Information on detentions on entry to Northern Ireland is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

Detentions at a port or airport under the Prevention of Terrorism Acts
Great Britain1 January 1983–31 March 1985
DetainedChargedConvicted
Manchester airport8
Liverpool ferry terminus5299
Other points of entry1742016
Total Great Britain2342925
Prison (Isle of Wight)

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has any plans for the construction of a further fortress type purpose-built prison on the Isle of Wight this century; and if he will make a statement.