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 Phil Gallie Phil Gallie Conservative 2:30, 13 March 2003

Does the minister accept that the figures that Allan Wilson and the local press gave seem to be at odds with the figures that the Government released? Following concerns that the First Minister expressed last week about the weekend culture of violence in Scotland, will the minister comment on the situation in towns such as Irvine, in which that culture is all too often evident? Will he also comment on the lack of holding cells in Irvine and advise me whether the police find it hard to cope with that additional problem?