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– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 26th July 1999.

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Photo of Richard Lochhead Richard Lochhead Scottish National Party

Question S1W-515

To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is any regular analysis of crime figures in Scotland in order to identify trends in drug related crime and, if so, whether it will provide details of such analysis.

Photo of Angus MacKay Angus MacKay Labour

Quarterly returns of information relating to the number of all crimes and offences recorded and cleared up are made by police forces to the Scottish Executive Justice Department. A summary of the data collected is published annually in the statistical bulletin Recorded Crime In Scotland . The most recent bulletin in this series, published in March 1999, provided figures for years up to 1998. Table F in the bulletin, which is reproduced here, provides a breakdown of those crimes recorded which are specifically drugs related. Information on other types of crime where drugs were a factor, for example housebreaking or theft to finance a drug habit, is not identifiable in the recorded crime statistics collected centrally.

Drugs related crimes recorded by the police, Scotland, 1989-1998

Number & Percentage

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1989

1990

1991

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

% change

97-98

Illegal importation of drugs

17

9

3

5

4

13

13

35

27

30

11

Illegal cultivation of drugs

74

47

40

177

286

280

301

284

238

170

-29

Possession of drugs with intent to supply

2,037

2,741

3,301

3,914

4,943

5,625

7,660

6,638

7,915

8,290

5

1989

1990

1991

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

% change

97-98

Possession of drugs

4,654

6,513

8,412

9,226

12,430

13,146

16,527

16,739

20,929

22,58

8

Drugs, money laundering related offences1

-

-

-

-

-

-

1

-

-

-

-

Drugs, other offences

242

254

225

246

323

217

271

296

277

382

38

Total

7,024

9,564

11,981

13,568

17,986

19,281

24,773

23,992

29,386

31,460

7

1. Introduced with effect from 1 January 1995.

A pilot research study is being carried out by Glasgow University in conjunction with Strathclyde police and Fife Constabulary to establish if there is objective evidence of a link between drugs misuse and crime. It is expected that this research will be completed by the end of the year.

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