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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-13694: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 8 January 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to tackle the reported increase in the number of assaults on emergency service workers, and what its response is to statistics, which suggest that these are at a three-year high.

Answered by: Annabelle Ewing 16 January 2018

We do not tolerate any attacks on emergency services workers. All workers deserve protection from abuse and violence at work. That is why Scotland's justice system provides for protection for all workers under our common laws of assault, threatening and abusive behaviour and breach of the peace, as well as the Emergency Workers (Scotland) Act 2005.

We fully support our police, prosecutors and courts in dealing robustly with people who offend against any emergency service workers. Those charged with attacks against our emergency services workers can face up to life imprisonment, an unlimited fine or both.