HC Deb 03 November 1997 vol 300 cc25-6W
Fiona Mactaggart

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will make decisions on outstanding applications from prisoners convicted of terrorist offences for repatriation to the Republic of Ireland. [14430]

Mr. Straw

I have recently approved three applications for repatriation to the Republic of Ireland submitted by prisoners convicted of terrorist offences. These were approved on the basis that the Republic will continue to enforce the sentences imposed by the courts here in accordance with the provisions of the Council of Europe Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons. Remaining repatriation applications are at various stages of consideration either here or in the Republic and will be determined as soon as possible.