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Scotland: Devolution

House of Lords written question – answered on 6th April 2011.

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Photo of Lord Boyd of Duncansby Lord Boyd of Duncansby Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many devolution issues in criminal cases in Scotland were intimated to the Advocate General for Scotland in each of the years from 1999 to 2010.

Photo of Lord Wallace of Tankerness Lord Wallace of Tankerness Lords Spokesperson (Attorney General's Office), Lords Spokesperson (Wales Office), The Advocate-General for Scotland, Lords Spokesperson (Scotland Office)

The information requested by the noble and learned Lord, Lord Boyd of Duncansby, is provided in the following table:

Financial Year Total number of devolution issues received (civil and criminal)
1999-2000 575
2000-2001 660
2001-2002 301
2002-2003 344
2003-2004 423
2004-2005 658
2005-2006 901
2006-2007 699
2007-2008 564
2008-2009 326
2009-2010 3292
2010-2011 2620

The database recording the devolution issues does not distinguish between those arising in civil proceedings as from those in a criminal context.

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