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Terrorism

Volume 504: debated on Friday 29 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been questioned and been (a) cautioned and (b) subsequently prosecuted in relation to terrorism offences in (i) Ribble Valley constituency, (ii) Lancashire and (iii) the UK in each of the last five years. [Official Report, 23 February 2010, Vol. 506, c. 5MC.] (314349)

The Home Office does not hold statistics on the number of individuals questioned in relation to terrorism offences. In the last five years the police have issued the following number of cautions for terrorism offences:

Number of cautions issued

2004-05

4

2005-06

1

2006-07

0

2007-08

2

2008-09

4

The Home Office collates statistics on the number of terrorism arrests, charges and convictions and these are included in a Bulletin which was published for the first time on 13 May 2009 (Statistics on Terrorism Arrests and Outcomes Great Britain 11 September 2001 to 31 March 2008). The data contained in the Bulletin relates to Great Britain and not specific areas. The first edition of the Bulletin is available at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs09/hosb0409.pdf

The number of cautions as detailed above are contained in the second issue of the Bulletin which was published on 26 November 2009 and is available via the following link:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs09/hosb1809.pdf

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people arrested under anti-terrorism legislation have subsequently been extradited in each of the five years. (314350)

The Home Office does not hold statistics which are recorded in this way. However, the Home Office does collate statistics on the number of terrorism arrests and convictions and these are included in a Bulletin published for the first time on 13 May 2009 (Statistics on Terrorism Arrests and Outcomes Great Britain 11 September 2001 to 31 March 2008). The first edition of the Bulletin is available at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs09/hosb0409.pdf

The second issue of the Bulletin was published on 26 November 2009 and is available via the link below:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs09/hosb1809.pdf

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people convicted of offences under anti-terrorism legislation have been released on (a) automatic unconditional release. (b) automatic conditional release and (c) discretionary conditional release in each of the last 12 months. (314352)

For prisoners to be released unconditionally, they must have served a sentence of less than 12 months. For prisoners to be automatically released with conditions, they must have served a sentence of 12 months or more.

To be released on a discretionary conditional basis, prisoners will have served a sentence of four years or more for offences committed prior to 4 April 2005 or be subject to an extended sentence under the Criminal Justice Act 2003 imposed prior to 14 July 2008. Discretionary release is on the recommendation of the Parole Board.

Data on releases of prisoners having served sentences under anti-terrorism legislation or terrorism related offences for 2007-08 and 2008-09 were published in the Home Office statistical bulletins on terrorism arrests and outcomes. This data, however, do not show a monthly figure for releases. Both bulletins may be found at the following address:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/terrorism.html

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people convicted of offences under anti-terrorism legislation are serving custodial sentences. (314353)

At 31 March 2009, there were 143 terrorist/extremist prisoners in Great Britain. The Home Office collates statistics on the number of terrorism arrests and convictions and these are included in a Bulletin which was published for the first time on 13 May 2009 (Statistics on Terrorism Arrests and Outcomes Great Britain 11 September 2001 to 31 March 2008). The first edition of the Bulletin is available at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs09/hosb0409.pdf

The figure quoted above is contained in the second issue of the Bulletin which was published on 26 November 2009 and is available via the link below:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs09/hosb1809.pdf