Victims of Crime

Scottish EXECUTIVE – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:30 pm on 17th June 1999.

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Photo of Mary Mulligan Mary Mulligan Labour 2:30 pm, 17th June 1999

To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to bring forward plans to support, and keep informed, victims of crime who are required to appear in court in Scotland. (S1O-41)

The Lord Advocate (Lord Hardie):

While much support is already available for victims of crime, the Executive will consider how services to meet victims' needs for information and support can be further developed.

Photo of Mary Mulligan Mary Mulligan Labour

Given that many victims go to branches of Victim Support Scotland, which is staffed mainly by volunteers, will there be additional resources for the umbrella organisation to ensure that it can develop support groups throughout the whole of Scotland?

The Lord Advocate:

Funding for Victim Support Scotland has increased from £1.5 million last year to £1.7 million this year; the average grant in Scotland per victim is three times higher than that in England and Wales. Bids for next year will be assessed on their merits and in the light of the Executive's spending priorities.