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Offences under Scottish Independence Referendum Act 2013 - R009745

Offences under Scottish Independence Referendum Act 2013 - R009745

Thank you for your e-mail of 23 February 2015 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) in which you seek the following information:

“I would like to know if there have been prosecutions or out-of-court disposal​s for offences specified in the Scottish Independence Referendum Act 2013 since September 18th 2014. I do not want to know who the action was taken against, but would like to know which section of the Act was involved”

European Arrest Warrants - R009703

European Arrest Warrants (R009703)

Thank you for your e-mails of 18 and 20 February 2015 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) in which you seek the following information:

1)   “How many European Arrest Warrants (EAW) have been issued in Scotland between 1 October 2014 and 17 February 2015. What offences were these in relation to?”;
2)   “What is the cost or average cost when a EAW has been issued and a suspect apprehended? In essence what is the cost to use an EAW to return a person?” and
3)   “Is cost to the public purse taken into account when reviewing the issuing of an EAW?”

Convictions – Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 and Protection of Children and Prevention of Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2005 - R009676

Convictions – Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 and Protection of Children and Prevention of Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2005 - R009676

Thank you for your e-mail of 13 February 2015 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) in which you seek an update to your previous request for information to include the year 2013-14. 

Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012 (R009887)

Freedom of Information: Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012  (R009887)

Thank you for your e-mail of 5 March 2015 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) in which you seek information relating to cases that were brought on indictment under the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012 since its enactment.

Offences in terms of section 5(1)(a) or section 5(1)(b) of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (R009875)

Freedom of Information: Offences in terms of section 5(1)(a) or section 5(1)(b) of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (R009875)

Thank you for your e-mail of 5 March 2015 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) in which you seek the following information:

  1. “Drink driving statistics from 6 December 2014 to 28 February 2015 broken down to drivers caught with between 51mgs and 80 mgs of alcohol and those with 81 mgs of alcohol and above and
  2. “Drink driving statistics from 6 December 2013 to 28 February 2014 (all of these drivers having readings at 81mgs of alcohol or higher)”

International Letters of Request (R009807)

Freedom of Information:International Letters of Request (R009807)

Thank you for your request dated 24 February 2015 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) for the undernoted information:

“How many EAW (European arrest warrants) were received into Scotland in 2014/2015
What were the offences?
How many international Letter of Requests (LOR) were sent out by the copf between 1st Jan 2014 and 16th Feb 2015 
What were the offences in regards the LOR's
How many inward LOR's were received in the same period”

Health and Safety at Work – Prosecutions (R009728)

Freedom of Information: Health and Safety at Work – Prosecutions (R009728)

Thank you for your e-mail of 19 February 2015 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) in which you seek the following information:

“Please provide me with: 
a) the number of cases referred to COPFS by the Health and Safety Executive and local authorities for consideration of whether to bring charges under the Health and Safety at Work Act and its secondary legislation [between 2006/07 and 2013/14] 
b) the number of these cases COPFS subsequently agreed to prosecute, broken down by the year of HSE/the local authority’s referral”

Dog Fouling (R009664)

Freedom of Information: Dog Fouling (R009664)

I refer to your letters of 3 February 2015 and 19 February 2015. 

As advised in our previous correspondence, your letters have been passed to the Response and Information Unit which is a Unit set up to deal with complaints and Freedom of Information requests.

I have now had the opportunity to carry out some further investigation into the number of people who have been prosecuted under section 1 of the Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act 2013 and, more specifically, how many people have been prosecuted in the Borders area.

Reports received from Police Scotland (R009615)

Reports received from Police Scotland (R009615)

Thank you for your e-mail of 5 February 2015 in which you requested the following information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA):

“Please could you provide the annual number of reports received from Police Scotland, number of staff assigned to, average number of days to decide to prosecute, for general population versus Criminal Allegations Against the Police.”

Unascertained Deaths (R009553)

Freedom of Information: Unascertained Deaths (R009553)

Thank you for your e-mail of 30 January 2015 to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) Response and Information Unit. Your correspondence has been treated as a request for information in terms of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA). In particular, you have asked the following questions:

1)   “Why are unascertained deaths not thoroughly investigated?”;
2)   “How many deaths fall into the “unascertained” category each year?”;
3)   ”What are the criteria for investigating unascertained deaths?” and
4)   “Would COPFS support a new policy of investigating all “unascertained” deaths? Does COPFS think it is feasible to create a new policy of investigating all “unascertained” deaths?