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Proscribed Organisations

Question for Northern Ireland Office

UIN HL6803, tabled on 8 March 2016

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of persons involved in each of the following proscribed terrorist organisations: (1) Continuity Army Council; (2) Cumann na mBan; (3) Fianna na hEireann; (4) Irish National Liberation Army; (5) Irish People’s Liberation Organisation; (6) Irish Republican Army; (7) Loyalist Volunteer Force; (8) Orange Volunteers; (9) Red Hand Commando; (10) Red Hand Defenders; (11) Saor Eire; (12) Ulster Defence Association; (13) Ulster Freedom Fighters; and (14) Ulster Volunteer Force.

Answered on

16 March 2016

It is not possible to provide an accurate estimate of the number of people involved in these organisations. Involvement and support for illegal proscribed organisations can take many different forms and the true extent of involvement is often hidden.

Statistics on charges brought in relation to support for paramilitary organisations can be found in Northern Ireland Terrorism Legislation: Annual Statistics 2014/15, Table 9 on the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/465088/Terrorism_Bulletin_2014-2015.PDF

The relevant information is also shown below for ease of reference:

Table: Charges brought against persons detained in Northern Ireland under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000

Number of Charges

Offence

19 Feb 2001-Mar 2013/14

April-Sept 2014/15

Oct-Mar 2014/15

2014-15 Total

Supporting a proscribed Organisation

21

0

0

0

Making contributions to a proscribed organisation

47

0

0

0

Dressing as a member of a proscribed organisation

10

0

0

0

Source: Police Service of Northern Ireland