25. Mr. Wm. Ross
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many members of the IRA have been before the courts in Northern Ireland for offences of a terrorist nature committed since 1st January 1974.
§ Mr. Moyle
There have been 1,935 persons charged with offences of a terrorist nature since 1st January 1974. One obviously cannot know accurately how many of these were members of the IRA or had associations with IRA organisations.
What I can tell the hon. Member is that at 22nd June, of the prisoners admitted to special category status, since 1st January 1974, 501 were Republican and 400 were Loyalist.