§ Mr. Peter Robinson
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will give details of the number of unsolved murders in each police district in Northern Ireland and the period they have been unsolved.
§ Mr. Humphrey Atkins
, pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 4 July 1979; Vol. 969, c. 646], gave the following answer:
The information requested is not readily available for the period before 1 January 1974 and could not be provided for individual police divisions without disproportionate cost. The figures for Northern Ireland as a whole since 1 January 1974 as are follows:
1974 129 1975 148 1976 169 1977 62 1978 44 1979—to 3 July 35
"Unsolved murder" has been taken to mean any murder in respect of which no conviction has so far been obtained.