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Responses we have made to FOI requests

Death Reports and View and Grant Examinations

Freedom of Information - Death Reports and View and Grant Examinations

Thank you for your e-mail of 22 April 2014 in which you requested the following information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA):

"I am currently researching the number of post mortems and view and grant examinations carried out in cases reported to the Procurator Fiscal, for the following financial years: 2008/09; 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12 and 2013/14.  I have been able to access the number of deaths reported on your website.  If the information is available for the aforementioned calendar years, that would also acceptable, whichever format is easiest to compile."

Domestic Abuse

Freedom of Information - Domestic Abuse

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

"1) The number of cases reported to the Procurator Fiscal within Inverclyde which had a domestic abuse element between 1 April 2011 and 31 March 2014 (inclusive).

2) A breakdown of what action was taken in these cases, i.e. fiscal fine, prosecution, no action etc.

3) A breakdown of the categories of the reported cases, i.e. assault, serious assault, breach of the peace etc.

4) How many of the prosecuted cases resulted in a conviction.

5) How many cases are still pending an outcome.

6) A breakdown of the penalties imposed in instances of conviction."

Cases relating to Scottish Independence and/or Referendum

Freedom of Information- Cases relating to Scottish Independence and/or Referendum


Thank you for your request dated 15 April, under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) for the following information:

"How many cases relating to Scottish independence and/or the referendum have been received/prosecuted by COPFS.

How many cases of online abuse COPFS has prosecuted."

Contracts awarded to supported business

Freedom of Information - Contracts awarded to supported business


Thank you for your request dated 19 March 2014 and received on 25 March under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) for the following information:

"As a contracting authority under the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Bill can you provide details of the number of contracts awarded to a supported business in the past 5 years broken down by each year?"

Rent (Scotland) Act 1984

Freedom of Information: Rent (Scotland) Act 1984

Thank you for your request dated 20 May 2014 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) for the undernoted information:

"For (a) 30 November 2012 and 29 November 2013 and (b) 30 November 2013 and 18 May 2014 please provide the numbers of individuals and companies reported to the COPFS for offences under (i) section 82(1) of the Rent (Scotland) Act 1984 and (ii) section 82(2) of the Rent (Scotland) Act 1984.

I would be grateful if the numbers could be supplied showing how many reports were received from each reporting authority for each of the offences above."

Following a search of our electronic records, I have established that there is no record of any report in relation to offences under (i) Section 82(1) of the Rent (Scotland) Act 1984 and (ii) Section 82(2) of the Rent (Scotland) Act 1984 being reported to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) for the dates requested at (a) and (b) above. Accordingly, there is no data to consider for the second part of your request.

COPFS Relocation Expenses

Freedom of Information - COPFS Relocation Expenses

"I would like to make a freedom of information request for disclosure of the amounts (figures) of payments made by COPFS for housing, rent or relocation allowances, or help with mortgages, for copfs staff including Procurators Fiscal in the past three years, the total numbers of claims and figures for each year."

Payments by COPFS – Housing, Rent, Relocation Allowances

Freedom of Information: Payments by COPFS – Housing, Rent, Relocation Allowances

 Thank you for your e-mail of 14 April 2014 in which you requested the following information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA):

"I would like to make a freedom of information request for disclosure of the amounts (figures) of payments made by COPFS for housing, rent or relocation allowances, or help with mortgages, for copfs staff including Procurators Fiscal during 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011, the total numbers of claims and figures for each year."

We have now completed our search for the information you request, and can report as follows:

During financial year 2008/2009, 32 employees were reimbursed relocation expenses. The total amount claimed was £212,500.76.

During financial year 2009/2010, 38 employees were reimbursed relocation expenses. The total amount claimed was £242,586.59.

During financial year 2010/2011, 26 employees were reimbursed relocation expenses. The total amount claimed was £117,220.14.

 

Dangerous Dogs

Freedom of information: Dangerous Dogs

Thank you for your request dated 4 April 2014 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) for the following information:

"1. How many dogs are currently being held in private kennels after sheriff court/High Court cases involving accused/convicted people from the Dundee/Fife/Perth & Kinross/Central/Angus council areas, in relation to the dangerous dogs act?

2. How many weeks has each dog been kept in kennels since April, 2013?

3. How much per day/week does it cost to keep each dog in the kennels. Eg: £50 per day/£350 pw?

4. What is the current position regarding the future of the dogs owned by Dundee men convicted of being owners of out of control dogs, a) Derek Duncan, b) Sean Pratt and c) Steven Meiklam.

5. How much does it cost to have an animal behaviourist provide a report on whether a dog is considered dangerous?

6. How many times has an animal behaviourist report been requested and provided in each of the above areas, since April, 2013."

Fatal Accident Inquires (31-03-14)

Freedom of information: Fatal Accident Inquires - 31 March 14

Thank you for your e-mail of 31 March 2014 to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS), in which you requested the following information in terms of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002:

1. “Does the Crown Office have a target for the time in which a Fatal Accident Inquiry should begin, from the time of death?”

2. “What is the time between the date of death and the beginning of the inquiry for all the discretionary FAIs held in the past year?”

3. “What is the average time, in the past 3 years, between the date of death and the beginning of a discretionary FAI?”

Reasons for Decisions - Crown Office Circular 13 of 2010

Freedom of Information - Reasons for Decisions - Crown Office Circular 13 of 2010

Thank you for your request dated 18 February 2014 for sight of Crown Office Circular 13 of 2010.

We are treating this as a request for information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.