§ Mr. Michael Brown
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have been arrested and charged with serious offences arising out of disturbances in the province since 5 May.
§ Mr. Alison
It is not possible, without disproportionate cost, to identify all those charged with serious offences as a direct result of recent disturbances in the Province. However, the following table shows the number of people charged since 5 May in connection with terrorist-type offences in Northern Ireland:
Offences in connection with petrol bombs 35 Arson or possession of fire bombs 7 Criminal damage 4 Possession of firearms 2 Attempted murder 2 Hijacking of vehicles 2 Wearing of masks 3 Manslaughter 1