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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-06950: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 8 February 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the UK Government's proposals to make it an offence to shine lasers at transport operators, whether it will introduce similar legislation for Scotland.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 22 February 2017

Prosecutions in relation to laser pen attacks can be raised under the common law offence of culpable and reckless conduct. In respect of laser pens being shone at aircraft, prosecutions can be raised as a contravention of the statutory Air Navigation Order 2016. We have no plans to create new offences in respect of lasers being shone at aircraft or other forms of transport. As aviation safety is reserved to the UK Government, any legislative changes would apply to the whole of the UK.