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Responses we have made to FOI requests

Rent (S) Act 1984

Freedom of Information:  Rent (S) Act 1984 25 October 2013

Thank you for your further e-mail of 11 October 2013 in which you queried whether Local Authorities can submit reports in relation to offences contrary to the Rent (S) Act 1984 and whether the Civil Recovery Unit (CRU), acting on behalf of the Scottish Ministers CRU can bring proceedings without any criminal conviction having occurred, and if so can whether I could list the reporting agencies who may make a referral to the CRU.

Reports to COPFS involving solicitors

Freedom of information: Reports to COPFS involving solicitors

16 October 2013

Thank you for your e-mail of 18 September 2013 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) in which you seek the following information –

"I am requesting the following information, and would like the information for each item provided for the last ten years until present, broken down by year.

1. How many reports have been sent by Procurator Fiscals to the Crown Office where the accused is a solicitor? How many were marked as no further action and how many were prosecuted?

2. Of these reports how many involved allegations of i) fraud, embezzlement or theft ii) dishonesty iii) violence iv) drugs offences v) sexual offences? And what were the outcomes of these?

POCA - Aberdeen, Peterhead, Stonehaven, Banff and Elgin

Freedom of Information: POCA - Aberdeen, Peterhead, Stonehaven, Banff and Elgin

Thank you for your e-mail of 16 October 2013 in which you requested the following information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA):

"What was the total value of money seized through the proceeds of crime act during the past 12 months from Aberdeen, Peterhead, Stonehaven, Banff and Elgin Sheriff Courts.

Complaints Procedure

Freedom of Information: Complaints Procedure

Thank you for your e-mail dated 15 October in which you requested the following information:

"I would like you to supply me with information regarding actual timescales of dealing with complaints made against COPFS staff under the "Three Stage Procedure" outlined in your "Customer Feedback Policy". The figures for calander years 01 01 2011 – 31 12 2012 will suffice.

Disciplinary action and suspensions

Freedom of information: Disciplinary action and suspensions

15 October 2013

Thank you for your e-mail dated 17 September in which you requested the following information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002:

"In 2012/13, how many COPFS employees faced disciplinary action?

Dog Fouling - Fixed Penalty Notices

Freedom of Information: Dog Fouling - Fixed Penalty Notices

Thank you for your letter dated 14 October 2013 addressed to Ms Michelle MacLeod at the Procurator Fiscal's Office, Edinburgh in which you requested the following information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) in relation to unpaid dog fouling fixed penalty notices:

"How many cases of failure to pay a Fixed Penalty Notice have in fact resulted in prosecution."

Female Genital Mutilation

Freedom of Information: Female Genital Mutilation

Thank you for your request dated 11 October 2013 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) for the undernoted information;

1. How many cases/incidents have been referred to COPFS which relate to or include references to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)?;

2. How many of these cases have been marked no proceedings?; and

3. How many cases have been prosecuted under the FGM legislation?

Staff redundancies

Freedom of infromation: Staff redundancies

11 October 2013

Thank you for your e-mail dated 17 September in which you requested the following information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002:

"How may COPFS staff were made redundant in 2012/13. In each case, please include how much each employee received in their redundancy payment and the position that member of staff held.

Freelance Lawyers from Bar - fee notes

Freedom of information: Freelance Lawyers from Bar - fee notes

8 October 2013

Thank you for your request dated 10 September 2013, under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) for the following information:

"Can you tell me how many lawyers were paid over the three year period. And who was paid the most of same period?"

Prosecutions - Rent (Sc) Act

Freedom of information: Prosecutions - Rent (Sc) Act

7 October 2013

Thank you for your e-mail of 11 September 2013 in which you requested the following information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA):

1."Following the November 2012 guidance issued by the Scottish Parliament regarding statutory interpretation of s82 the Rent (Scotland) Act 1984, how many criminal prosecutions have been commenced against landlords who have charged illegal premiums?"

2."As the charging of such premiums has been common practice in the industry for the last decade, and the statutes make clear that requiring the payment of a premium is a criminal offence, is there an intention to recover such illegal sums charged as the proceeds of crime?"

3."Does the Area PF for the East of Scotland intend to direct the Police to investigate reports that at least one letting agency, O'Neill lettings of Edinburgh continues to charge these premiums."