HC Deb 09 February 1984 vol 53 c719W
Mr. Alexander

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much compensation has been given to civilians in Northern Ireland arising out of terrorist activities; and how many civilians received such compensation in each year from 1977 to 1983.

Mr. Scott

The following table shows the amount of compensation paid under the Criminal Injuries (Compensation) (Northern Ireland) Order 1977 as a result of injury or death to civilians in terrorist attacks in Northern Ireland. Payment made to civilians during the years in question, but under earlier legislation, are not included as they cannot be isolated from payments made to members of the security forces without disproportionate cost.

Financial Year Amount of Compensation*


Number of claims involved
1977–78 351 1
1978–79 62,423 58
1979–80 358,659 156
1980–81 1,536,167 315
1981–82 1,153,252 237
1982–83 2,013,687 319
1983–84 1,692,965 365
(to 29 January 1984)
* This excludes payments to members of the RUC, RUC Reserve, and their dependants.

Mr. Peter Bruinvels

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many persons wanted by the police in Northern Ireland for terrorist offences, including murder, are know to be in the Irish Republic; how many requests for their extradition have been made; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Prior

[pursuant to his reply, 8 February 1984, c. 623]: A number of people whom the police would like to interview about terrorist crimes committed in the United Kingdom are believed to be in the Republic of Ireland, but it is not possible to give a precise figure. However, there are currently 20 arrest warrants in relation to five individuals with the authorities in the Republic in