HL Deb 21 February 2005 vol 669 cc165-6WA
Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many arrests have been made since 11 September 2001 under anti-terrorism legislation; and how many of those arrested have been from ethnic minorities; and [HL1098]

How many people arrested under anti-terrorism legislation since 11 September 2001 were subsequently charged with terrorism offences; and [HL1099]

How many people charged with terrorism offences under anti-terrorism legislation since 11 September 2001 have been tried and convicted. [HL1100]

Baroness Scotland of Asthal

Statistics provided to the Home Office by the police on arrests and charges from 11 September 2001 until 31 December 2004 under the Terrorism Act 2000 are on the Home Office website atwww.homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk/terrorism. (These are compiled from recent police records and are therefore subject to change as cases go through the system.)

Key Facts and Statistics

Police records show that from 11 September 2001 until 31 December 2004, 701 people were arrested under the Terrorism Act 2000.


119 of these were charged under the Act. Of these, 45 were also charged with offences under other legislation. 135 were charged under other legislation. This includes charges for terrorist offences that are already covered in general criminal law such as murder, grievous bodily harm and use of firearms or explosives.


17 individuals have been convicted of offences under the Terrorism Act.

Other Information

The following table gives the outcome for those not covered above:

Transferred to Immigration Authorities 59
On Bail to Return 22
Cautioned 7
Dealt with under Mental Health Legislation 7
Awaiting Extradition 1
Returned to Prison Service Custody 1
Released Without Charge 351

More detailed information is not held by the Home Office.