§ Mr. Biggs-Davison
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many persons were arrested for alleged terrorist offences in 1975; of these how many were convicted; of these last how many were acquitted on appeal; and how these figures compare with those of previous years.
§ Mr. Merlyn Rees
Statistics are not available for numbers of arrests made. In 1974 1,362 persons were charged with terrorist-type offences, and in 1975 1,197, though the number of charges for the most serious offences such as murder increased substantially. Convictions are a matter for my right hon. Friend the Attorney-General, and I would refer the hon. Member to the reply that he gave the hon. Member for Keighley (Mr. Cryer) on 26th January.—[Vol. 904, c. 23.]