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Responses we have made to FOI requests

Police – Data Protection Act (R008388)

Freedom of Information: Police – Data Protection Act

Thank you for your e-mail of 15 August 2014 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) in which you seek the following information:

1) "How many accidents where there has been no charges to the driver responsible for the accident and someone has been killed has the procurator then had criminal charges brought against the individual after the inquest over the past 10 years please give year by year incidents";

2) How many alleged child abuse cases have you had where the individual denies the charge, and you have taken computers away from the alleged victim to search and identify if there are any connivance with individuals to set up the individuals charged for the crime?

If this comes to light after a person has been charged and been to court what will your process be when reported to the Scottish police forces since they are all under one unit, would you suggest that they make the complaint to the nearest English police force to investigate;"

3) How many police officers have been reported to the PF for using information out with the police services and breaching data protection?"

Proceeds of Crime Act (R008277)

Freedom of Information: Proceeds of Crime Act (R008277)

Thank you for your request dated 5 August 2014 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) for the undernoted information:

"Under the freedom of information (Scotland) Act 2002 please state how much money has been recovered from the proceeds of drug crime since 2007 broken down by financial year."

Proceeds of Crime Act (R008164)

Freedom of Information:  Proceeds of Crime Act (R008164)

Thank you for your requests dated 18 July 2014 and 31 July 2014 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) for the undernoted information:

"How much money has been confiscated from criminals (and alleged criminals) through action taken by the Crown's Civil Recovery Unit for Edinburgh under the Proceeds of Crime Act since the law's introduction?

Can I have that broken down by year (or part year) since the law was introduced?
Can I have that broken down into a list by case with a date and amount and, if possible, the crime(s) involved? eg. Man. August 2013. £10,000. Drug dealing.
Can I have the person's name in each case? (I understand that because of Data Protection this part of my request may not be possible).
If it's not possible to do this by Edinburgh only, can I have this information for Lothian and Borders or wherever the sheriffdom would be broken down?
If possible, in each case how much money had the police identified for potential seizure to the Crown before the court agreement was reached?
Can I have the same information as above for each of the sheriffdoms in Scotland for the same period?
Can I have a total monetary figure for Scotland for each of the years since POCA came into force that has been seized from criminals/alleged criminals?

Temporary Promotions

Freedom of Information: Temporary Promotions (R008251)

Thank you for your request dated 31 July 2014 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) for the following information:

'I understand that under Civil Service Rules that Temporary Promotion should not exceed 12 months.

I would be grateful if you could tell me how many COPFS employees have been on Temporary Promotion for more than 12 months.'

Staff Bonuses - R008247

Freedom of Information: Staff Bonuses (R008247)

Thank you for your e-mails of 31 July 2014 in which you requested the following information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA):

"I would like the information to cover the last three financial years (2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14) and to be broken down by year.
I would like to know how many members of staff have received bonuses during this period? 
I would like to know the total amount of money which was paid out in bonuses to staff during this period?
I would like to know the range of monetary value of the bonuses paid out from the highest bonus paid out to the lowest?
As well as bonuses, I would like the FOI request to cover any performance related payments."

I can confirm that there were no bonus payments or performance related payments made to staff during the period 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2014.

Air Weapons

Freedom of Information: Air Weapons (R008232)

Thank you for your e-mail of 28 July 2014 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) in which you seek the following information:

"The number of individuals reported to the COPFS for (a) carrying a loaded air weapon in a public place (b)trespassing with an air weapon (c) killing or injuring a protected bird without due authorisation with an air weapon (d) selling an air weapon to under 18s (e) discharging an air weapon in a culpable or reckless manner in each of the last five years, broken down by penalty imposed (no further action taken, FPN, court action and the like)"

Cases marked “no action” – Grampian, Highland & Islands (R008980)

Freedom of Information: Cases marked “no action” – Grampian, Highland & Islands (R008980)

Thank you for your request dated 22 July 2014 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) for the following information:

 (1)How many reports submitted to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service in the Sheriffdom Of Grampian Highland and Islands contained charges that were marked for no proceedings in each of the latest available three years ;

(2) What were the corresponding figures for the individual Procurator Fiscal offices at :

Dingwall ; Dornoch ; Elgin ; Fort William; Kirkwall ; Lerwick; Lochmaddy ; Peterhead ; Portree;- Stonehaven ; Stornoway ; Tain ; Wick for each of the latest available three years

TV Licence – Fiscal Fines

Freedom of Information: TV Licence – Fiscal Fines (R008220)

Thank you for your e-mail of 18 July 2014 in which you refer to a previous request for information received from your colleague. Your comments are being treated as a request for information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA):

"Figures for the number of cases of TV Licence evasion reported to the Procurator Fiscal in Scotland for the calendar years 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 year-to-date.

This information for the period 2010-11 to May 2013-14 is contained in the spreadsheet you provided. Please can you send me updated figures to June 2014?

The number of fiscal fines issued I note that the fiscal fines are represented as a percentage of the Direct Measures issued. As discussed, please can you provide me with the actual figures?

Proceeds of Crime (R008168)

Freedom of Information: Proceeds of Crime (R008168)

Thank you for your request dated 18 July 2014 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) for the undernoted information:

"I'm looking for details of all concluded Proceeds of Crime cases for Scottish courts over the last year.

Could you please break this down by -

Name of accused
The court that dealt with the case
The date of the order
The type of offence
The proceeds of the crime
The realisable assets
The amount the final order was made for"

Rent Scotland) Act 1984

Freedom of Information - Rent Scotland) Act 1984

Thank you for your request dated 12 June 2014 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) for the undernoted information:

"During the last year:

1) How many times you have received reports of offences contrary to Rent (Scotland) Act 1984 from either the police or other reporting agencies?

2) How many times you have raised criminal proceedings under the Rent (Scotland) Act 1984?

3) What were the reasons for not bringing proceedings in each case marked "no proceedings"?

4) What was the outcome of any case where proceedings were instituted, including those disposed of by way of a Fiscal fine?

Separately, has the COPFS produced any new guidance for prosecutors following the Scottish Government's actions in 2012 to "clarify" the legal position on premiums? If so, would it be possible to share this guidance?"