Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25 July 1974.

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Photo of Mr Stan Orme Mr Stan Orme , Salford West 12:00, 25 July 1974

That is a difficult question to answer. When people go before the courts accused of murder it is exceedingly difficult to establish whether the murder was a sectarian murder. Our figures show that 19 persons have so far been convicted and that a further 20 are awaiting trial. This is over a recent period. But, for reasons that I have already stated, it is impossible to categorise all these figures. I hope that the hon. Gentleman understands the difficulty in this matter.