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Early Release

Volume 456: debated on Friday 2 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether persons convicted of terrorist offences in Northern Ireland since 1998 will be eligible for an early release scheme. (118397)

Persons convicted since the signing on 10 April 1998 of the Belfast agreement for scheduled offences committed prior to that date who are given a sentence of imprisonment of five years or more are eligible to apply for early release under the provisions of the Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998. Persons convicted of such offences committed subsequent to that date are not eligible to apply for early release under that legislation.