HC Deb 18 December 1991 vol 201 cc179-80W
Mr. Maginnis

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many arrests have been made in the Irish Republic in connection with Republican terrorist incidents with a cross-frontier element which have occurred in Northern Ireland since 1 January 1990; what charges have been brought; what convictions achieved; and if he will give details.

Dr. Mawhinney

[holding answer 17 December 1991]: This is a matter for the authorities in the Republic of Ireland. Records are not kept in a way which enables statistics of arrests, charges, and convictions in the Republic of Ireland to be linked meaningfully to terrorist incidents with cross-border element. However, statistics on extraterritorial prosecutions in the Republic, which involve a cross-border element in the sense that the offender has fled to the Republic, were given in replies by my right hon. and learned Friend the Attorney-General to my hon. Friend the Member for Orpington (Mr. Stanbrook) on 19 December 1988, Official Report, column 94; to the hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull, North (Mr. McNamara) on 14 May 1990, Official Report, column 280; and by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister to my hon. Friend the Member for Orpington on 11 November 1991, Official Report, column 352 and 2 December 1991, Official Report, column 13.