Date lodged: 21 September 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with stakeholders regarding the level of the application fee for (a) firearm and (b) shotgun certificates; how many certificates have been issued in each of the last five years; how much money this raised; how much it cost the police to process the applications, and what action it will take to address any funding gap.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 29 September 2016
The setting of fees for firearm and shotgun certificates is reserved to the UK Parliament and there were therefore no formal discussions between the Scottish Government and stakeholders, many of whom responded to the Home Office's consultation paper or were a member of the Home Office Fees Working Group.
The most recent statistics on firearms and shotgun certificates were published by the Scottish Government in November 2015 and can be found at: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2015/11/9748/0. Information on how much money the licensing system raised is not held centrally.
The cost of the licensing process is a matter for the police. The Scottish Government has allocated to the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) £1,073.4 million for policing services for 2016-17. It is for them to allocate these funds across various strands.