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Driving under Influence

Home Department written question – answered on 10th September 2013.

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Photo of Jim Sheridan Jim Sheridan Labour, Paisley and Renfrewshire North

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with the Cabinet Secretary for Justice in Scotland on (a) the rate of drink driving in (i) Scotland and (ii) the UK and (b) the sharing of best practice to reduce that rate.

Photo of Jeremy Browne Jeremy Browne The Minister of State, Home Department

There have been no such discussions. National policy on drink driving is a matter for the Secretary of State for Transport. The Scotland Act 2012 devolved powers to Scottish Ministers to set, by regulation, the drink-driving limit in Scotland which had been previously held exclusively by the Secretary of State for Transport. It is now for the Scottish Ministers to decide whether to raise or lower the existing limit or to keep it the same. Enforcement of the law is an operational matter for the police.

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