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Terrorism: Convictions

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were convicted of terrorist offences in each of the last five years, broken down by offence. (219436)

The Home Office, Ministry of Justice and Attorney-General’s Office are currently working with the National Co-ordinator for Terrorist Investigations to improve the quality of data relating to those arrested, charged and convicted under terrorist legislation and under other legislation but following a terrorist investigation. Once this is complete a statistical bulletin to cover information on arrests and convictions will be published. This will include a greater breakdown of charges and convictions into offence categories by year.

Statistics compiled from police records are available on the Home Office website from 11 September 2001 to 31 March 2007.

These detail arrests under this Act and under other legislation where the investigation is considered terrorist related and the outcomes to those arrests, including convictions.

For this period, there were 41 Terrorism Act convictions. There were also 183 convictions under other legislation.

In addition to the aforementioned, statistics on the number of convictions in significant terrorist cases are collated for 2007 and 2008. In 2007, 37 individuals were convicted in 15 significant terrorist cases. 21 of those individuals pleaded guilty. So far in 2008, 33 people have been convicted in 10 significant terrorist cases. Of these 33, 12 individuals pleaded guilty.

Figures are compiled from police records and are subject to change as cases go through the system.