To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many persons lost their lives in conflict-related incidents in each year since 1973 and were the subject of a murder investigation conducted by the police; how many murders in each year were eventually the subject of a successful prosecution; and how many unsolved murders remain from each year. 
The information cannot be provided in the format requested. Table A provides the number of murders for each year since 1973 and the number of these murders where persons have subsequently been charged. Table B provides the number of convictions for murders in each year since 1993. We are unable to provide data prior to 1993 as to do so would require a substantial manual exercise and would incur a disproportionate cost.
|Table A: Security situation statistics for Northern Ireland, 1973–9 June 2003|
|Number of persons murdered||Murders for which persons have been charged|
|1 To 9 June|
Statistics for 2002 and 2003 are provisional and may be subject to minor adjustment.
Table B: Victims of murders linked to the security situation:
Number of victims where person (s) have been convicted of murder
Person(s) have been convicted of lesser offence
1 Figures relate to cases where police have initially charged at least one suspect with murder. All cases have been heard in Belfast crown court in a Diplock trial.
2 For example, manslaughter, conspiracy to murder, aiding and abetting murder etc.
3 Suspect(s) have been committed for trial with respect to a further two victims—case pending.
4 Suspect(s) have been committed for trial with respect to a further victim—case pending