§ Mr. Michael McNair-Wilson
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many persons facing criminal charges relating to the campaign of violence have been released on bail; what was the average amount of bail requested; and how many have absconded.
§ Mr. Peter Mills
Information specifically about persons who have been released on bail after being charged with a security offence is not readily available. In total about 260 persons have failed to answer bail within the period 1st January 1972 to 31st January 1973.
The Diplock Report made recommendations on bail for offences committed by terrorists. The Government have accepted in principle the recommendations in the report, and are preparing legislation.