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S5W-10552: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 2 August 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the reported comments by the chairman of the British Transport Police (BTP) Federation in The Scotsman that it is "in the dark" regarding plans to integrate the BTP into Police Scotland, when it will next meet the BTP Federation to discuss this, and whether it will publish any (a) correspondence and (b) minutes of meetings it has had with the BTP Federation on this issue.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 6 September 2017

Scottish Ministers and officials have met BTP Federation representatives on a number of occasions to discuss our plans and further engagement is planned.

During the passage of the Railway Policing (Scotland) Act 2017 we published a series of letters between the Scottish Government, the BTPF and other organisations in respect of the integration of British Transport Police into Police Scotland these can be found on the following links http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/CurrentCommittees/102680.aspx

http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Justice/policies/police-fire-rescue/police-scotland/BTP/BTPFLetter