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Terrorism Act 2000

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been (a) charged and (b) convicted of offences under the Terrorism Act 2000 since it came into force. (198629)

The Terrorism Act (TACT) 2000 came into force on 19 February 2001. Statistics compiled from police records are available on the Home Office website from 11 September 2001 to 31 March 2007.

For this period, there were a total of 1,228 arrests; of which 1,165 arrests were made under the Terrorism Act 2000 and 63 arrests under other legislation, where the investigation was conducted as a Terrorist investigation. Of the total 1,228 arrested, 132 were charged with terrorism legislation offences only; 109 were charged with terrorism legislation offences and other criminal offences and 195 charged under other legislation, including murder, grievous bodily harm, firearms, explosives offences, fraud, and false documents.

Of those charged, there were 41 Terrorism Act 2000 convictions and 183 convictions under other legislation, including murder, explosives offences (including conspiracies), grievous bodily harm, firearms offences, fraud, false documents offences, and other offences (including 12 cautions). Figures are subject to change as cases go through the system. The Home Office is currently working with the police to review how terrorism statistics are collated.

In addition to the above, statistics on the number of convictions in significant terrorist cases are available for 2007 and 2008. In 2007, 37 individuals were convicted in 15 significant terrorist cases. So far in 2008, 21 people have been convicted in seven significant terrorist cases. There are a range of powers available under other non-TACT legislation, to arrest and charge individuals in connection with terrorist or terrorist related activity. Charges and convictions can and are brought under the most-appropriate legislation.