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Early Release Scheme

Volume 401: debated on Wednesday 19 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many prisoners have been released under the early release scheme since 10 April 1998; to which paramilitary groups they were affiliated; how many have been recalled due to further criminal activity; and how many would still be in prison today if the early release scheme was not in operation. [101737]

Since the introduction of the early release scheme in April 1998, 447 prisoners have been released under the terms of the Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998 ("the Act"). 156 were life sentence prisoners and 291 were determinate sentence prisoners.The following table sets out details of the perceived paramilitary association of the 447 individuals released. Information is held, for management purposes, in relation to the perceived paramilitary association of prisoners in Northern Ireland.At 10 March 2003, seven of the 447 persons released under the terms of the Act had been recalled to prison due to their involvement in further criminal activity during their licence period.Of the 291 determinate sentence prisoners released under the Act, 54 (19 per cent.) had sentences which would not yet have expired and would still be in custody at this stage. It is not possible to provide an equivalent figure for the 156 life sentence prisoners. Unlike determinate sentence prisoners, there is no specific discharge date, each case being reviewed individually. All released lifers were subject to risk assessment as a requirement of the Act and remain on licence for life.

Breakdown of releases by perceived affiliation
Perceived affiliationTotal
PIRA206
UDA87
UVF67
INLA32
LVF17
UFF14
RHC3
'Loyalist'6
'Republican'3
All figures £000
Board1998–991999–20002000–012001–022002–03
Belfast
Statutory capital allocation0040113319
Total recurrent allocation230561836756853
Western
Statutory capital allocation0401,3771,4361,012
Total recurrent allocation4061,0491,5241,5661,779
North eastern
Statutory capital allocation81641,344700379
Total recurrent allocation3811,1761,9172,1412,163
South eastern
Statutory capital allocation202312591681660
Total recurrent allocation2438401,4631.9201,822
Southern
Statutory capital allocation0657701,2381,298
Total recurrent allocation3848111,3931,8892,058

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for what reason the places per ward criterion used to calculate the funding for PEAGS places has not been used for calculating places for 2003–04. [101927]

The Department of Education does not allocate funding to Pre-School Education Advisory

Breakdown of releases by perceived affiliation

Perceived affiliation

Total

No affiliation12
Grand total447