HC Deb 15 May 1985 vol 79 c122W
Mr. Mates

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the average period of custodial remand for persons charged with terrorist-type offences whose trials were completed, or for which charges were dropped, in each of the years 1983 and 1984.

Mr. Mellor

The only information which is readily available relates to prisoners who are currently in prison custody in England and Wales and in category A. It does not cover persons who were acquitted or against whom charges were dropped, nor those who have been released or downgraded to a lower security category.

In 1983, five prisoners currently held in category A were convicted of terrorist-type offences. To the nearest week, three (who were co-defendants) spent 39 weeks on remand, one spent 69 weeks and one 45 weeks.

There are no prisoners currently held in category A who were convicted of terrorist-type offences in 1984.