Taser Guns

Part of First Minister's Question Time – in the Scottish Parliament at 11:59 am on 12th January 2006.

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Photo of Rt Hon Jack McConnell Rt Hon Jack McConnell Labour 11:59 am, 12th January 2006

There were some detailed questions there, on which I am sure the Minister for Justice would be happy to write to the member. I reiterate what I have already said: police officers in Scotland will not be routinely equipped with Taser guns. Only approved officers will have access to them, and only in operational circumstances that are determined by the chief constable in each area. That is the right way for us to conduct ourselves.

At all times, we need to remember that, although Taser guns are a less lethal alternative—they are an attractive option for that reason—their use is important in situations where it might help to control difficult circumstances, including those of their first use in Scotland, which I believe was in a very dangerous incident close to my constituency, and in which I believe their use to have been extremely effective.