HC Deb 19 February 1982 vol 18 c258W
Mr. Peter Robinson

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will give the number of persons convicted over the past four years of terrorist-type offences; and what percentage of this number received non-custodial sentences.

Mr. Prior

Information is available only on persons convicted at Belfast Crown court of offences which are scheduled under the Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Act 1978. I should point out that a few of these cases—it would not be possible without disproportionate cost to say how many—were by order of the Attorney-General for Northern Ireland tried with a jury as if they were not scheduled offences; and that not all offences tried as scheduled offences are necessarily terrorist-type offences. The number convicted over the last four years and the percentage of these persons who received noncustodial sentences are as follows:

Year Number convicted Non-Custodial sentences Percentage
1978 872 318 36
1979 869 335 39
1980 621 232 37
1981 557 177 32

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