To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to his answer of 2 November 1999,Official Report, column 135, concerning prisoners released under the terms of the Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998, what constitutes a terrorist-related offence; if such offences relate to crimes committed in (a) mainland Britain and (b) the Republic of Ireland; and if he will make a statement. 601W
§ Mr. Ingram
[holding answer 8 November 1999]: As I said in my original answer, the offences were all committed in Northern Ireland. They did not involve the use of violence for political ends, including any use of violence for the purpose of putting the public or any section of the public in fear, and so I do not consider them to be terrorist related.