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Stop and Search Oral Question, 25/06/15 [S]

During First Minister's Question Time on 25 June 2015 Alison McInnes (LD) asked the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s response is to the finding by the Scottish centre for crime and justice research that in 2014-15 Police Scotland’s use of stop and search remained “unduly high”.

The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, replied that first, it is important to set the report in context. It says that “At the national level, the trends seem encouraging” and notes that the overall number of recorded searches fell by 34 per cent in 2014-15.

Alison McInnes will be aware that the Cabinet Secretary for Justice has set up an independent advisory group, chaired by John Scott QC, to examine the use of stop and search in Scotland. The group, which has met twice already, will make its recommendations by August. The cabinet secretary looks forward to working constructively with members to take forward the group’s recommendations.

For the full answer to this and any subsidiary questions see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 25 June 2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 25 June 2015