§ Mr. Donaldson
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she will list the prisoners who have been released under the terms of the Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998 by(a) name, (b) organisation, (c) length of sentence actually served and (d) category of offence. 
§ Mr. Ingram
On 8 December 1998 the total of prisoners who have been released under the provisions of the Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998 has reached 221. Of those released, 68 are life sentence prisoners (36 loyalist, 29 republican and 3 others) and 153 fixed term prisoners (64 loyalist, 84 republican and 5 others).
The Northern Ireland Prison Service does not release the names or the perceived affiliation of individual prisoners. The category of offences committed could only be given at disproportionate cost.