Crime (North Ayrshire)

Part of Question Time — Scottish Executive – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:30 pm on 13 March 2003.

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Photo of Kay Ullrich Kay Ullrich Scottish National Party 2:30, 13 March 2003

I remind the minister that new Labour has been in power since 1997. Can he explain why, since then, the incidence of violent crime in North Ayrshire has risen by 39 per cent, that of housebreaking has risen by 32 per cent and that of fire-raising and vandalism has risen by 50 per cent? Can he also explain why the number of drug offences has increased by a staggering 63 per cent over just three years? Is that what the Executive calls being successful in the fight against crime?