HC Deb 07 November 2001 vol 374 c277W
18. Mr. John Smith

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress he has made on the disarming of paramilitaries. [10866]

Jane Kennedy

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland gave the hon. Member for the Isle of Wight (Mr. Turner), at column 273W.

21. Mr. Syms

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many incidents of violence attributed to(a) republican paramilitaries and (b) loyalist paramilitaries there have been since 1 January. [10869]

Jane Kennedy

The following table provides a breakdown of security situation statistics from 1 January 2001 to 26 October 2001.

Loyalist Republican N/K Total
Number of deaths 10 1 0
Number of shooting incidents 190 82 18 290
Number of bombing incidents 246 34 15 195
Paramilitary style attacks:
Casualties as a result of shootings 99 60 0 159
Casualties as a result of assaults 75 46 0 121


Statistics relating to the 2001–02 financial year are provisional and may be subject to minor amendment.

29. Ann Keen

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the position of paramilitary organisations who are not committed to a ceasefire. [10877]

Dr. John Reid

The initial list of specified organisations was made on 30 July 1998. The current list comprises of the Real IRA, the Continuity IRA, the Red Hand Defenders and the Orange Volunteers. On 12 October, it was also necessary for the Secretary of State to add the UDA, UFF and the LVF.

This means that, among other restrictions, early released prisoners associated with those organisations can have their licences suspended and be returned to jail if they continue to engage in paramilitary activity in support of their organisations. Also, under the Terrorism Act 2000, provision relating to charges of membership will also apply.