– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 4th September 2009.

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Photo of Anne McLaughlin Anne McLaughlin Scottish National Party

Question S3W-26459

To ask the Scottish Executive how many stop and searches have been carried out in Scotland under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 since 2007, broken down by (a) police force and (b) ethnicity of person stopped and searched.

Photo of Kenny MacAskill Kenny MacAskill Scottish National Party

The number of stops and searches carried out by Scottish Police Forces in each year since 2007 is shown in the following table. Breakdowns based on ethnicity are not available. Neither the Home Office nor the Scottish Government provide breakdowns of this data by police force, as this could reveal the geographic extent of section 44 authorisations in force at a given point in time.

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YearNumber of s44 Stopand Searches
2007 116
2008 1,376
2009 (to 31 August) 878

Searches undertaken by the British Transport Police in Scotland are a matter for the Home Office, who receive notification of the number of those searches on a monthly basis.

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