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Stop and Search Research Oral Question, 26/02/15 [S]

During First MInisters Question Time on 26 February 2015 Alison McInnes (LD) asked the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s response is to claims that its officials and Police Scotland sought to influence the content and publication of Kath Murray’s PhD research into the use of stop and search.

The First Minister replied, that the research that was carried out by Kath Murray was co-funded by the Scottish Government. In line with standard practice, the Scottish Government was invited to provide comments on the research, so Government analysts provided factual comments on technical issues. Ms Murray approached Scottish Government officials seeking views on the publication date in order to avoid scheduling clashes. I understand, though, that the final date of publication was decided by her.

For the full answer to this and any subsidiary questions see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 26 February 2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 26 February 2015