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Terrorism

Volume 715: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 1 December (WA 30), how many cases relating to terrorist offences committed before 10 April 1998 have been prosecuted in (a) Northern Ireland, and (b) England, since that date. [HL567]

In respect of the information relating to Northern Ireland, the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) has collected data of this type only since 2002. For cases prior to that date, the PPS is not able to provide the level of detail requested without incurring disproportionate cost.

Since 1 January 2002 to date, eight individuals have been prosecuted by the PPS for terrorist-related offences in respect of offending that occurred before 10 April 1998 with two further individuals currently before the courts awaiting trial. A further eight individuals were prosecuted for offending which spanned a period both before and after 10 April 1998.

In respect of the information relating to England, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) does not routinely collate data of this type, and the CPS is not able to provide the level of detail requested without incurring disproportionate cost.