§ Mr. Stallard
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many special category prisoners have been released since 1st January 1975.
§ Mr. Merlyn Rees
Between 1st January and 31st July 1975 a total of 147 special category prisoners were released on termination of sentence. Of these, 78 were classified as Republican and 69 as Loyalist. In addition, 19 special category prisoners whose normal release dates fell between 1st January and 2nd February were released in December 1974 under the Christmas remission scheme.