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Terrorism

Volume 115: debated on Tuesday 5 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to his reply of 22 April, Official Report, column 580, how many of the recent murders considered to have been carried out by competing factions of the Irish National Liberation Army led to the deaths of individuals who had formerly been charged with scheduled offences but subsequently released.

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will estimate the total cost of resisting the terrorist campaign since 1969.

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many persons convicted of terrorist offences are currently in prison in the Province; how many are men and how many women; and what is the average length of sentence served in prison for such crimes.

[pursuant to his reply, 1 May 1987, c. 254]: On 12 April 1987 there were 1,157 sentenced prisoners in Northern Ireland who had been convicted of a scheduled offence, including 448 prisoners who were serving life imprisonment or detention during the Secretary of State's pleasure; 1,143 were men and 14 were women. Because of the very high proportion of those serving indeterminate sentences a meaningful figure on the average length of sentence served in prison is not available.