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Terrorism

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) killed and (b) injured in terrorist attacks taking place in the UK in each of the last five years. (166491)

[holding answer 20 November 2007]: Available information on persons killed relates to homicides recorded by police in England, Wales and Scotland each year between 2001-02 and 2005-06. Police recorded 52 homicides in 2005-06 where the circumstance was ‘attributed to acts of terrorism’. Each of the victims were killed as a result of the London bombings of 7 July 2005. There were no terrorist-related homicides recorded between 2001-02 and 2004-05.

The Official Report in to the 7 July London bombings states that an additional 700 persons were injured in the four attacks. It is not known how many injuries may have been inflicted as a result of terrorist activity in earlier years as details of the individual circumstances of offences are not included on the recorded crime datasets held by the Home Office and Scottish Executive.