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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-15871: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 12 April 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how many people convicted of possession, without intent to supply, of (a) heroin, (b) cocaine, (c) cannabis, (d) amphetamines, (e) ecstasy and (f) other drugs in each year since 2011-12 received (i) a custodial sentence, (ii) a community payback order, including a requirement to carry out a drug treatment programme, (iii) a drug treatment and testing order, (iv) a fine and (v) any other disposal.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 8 May 2018

The available information is provided in the following table, which has been produced from the Scottish Government’s criminal proceedings database .

People convicted for possession of drugs 1 , by drug type and main penalty, 2011-12 to 2016-17

  

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

Total convictions

4,609

4,157

4,585

4,971

5,094

4,394

Heroin

Total

1,135

939

850

988

1,143

1,147

 

Custody 2

99

77

86

86

119

126

 

Community payback order

56

95

103

149

139

175

 

DTTO

39

23

37

28

31

19

 

Fine

582

468

406

483

536

528

 

Other 3

359

276

218

242

318

299

Cocaine

Total

1,005

1,030

1,116

1,241

1,178

888

 

Custody 2

12

13

14

21

20

27

 

Community payback order

50

72

94

97

105

95

 

DTTO

1

-

-

5

1

3

 

Fine

840

844

914

1,008

935

643

 

Other 3

102

101

94

110

117

120

Cannabis

Total

1,129

993

1,449

1,515

1,618

1,483

 

Custody 2

25

37

38

30

37

37

 

Community payback order

59

79

116

137

127

147

 

DTTO

5

2

4

6

1

2

 

Fine

794

640

953

934

971

843

 

Other 3

246

235

338

408

482

454

Amphetamines

Total

111

73

75

83

80

63

 

Custody 2

8

3

1

1

4

3

 

Community payback order

5

8

9

15

10

7

 

DTTO

1

3

-

2

1

1

 

Fine

74

39

54

55

49

37

 

Other 3

23

20

11

10

16

15

Ecstasy

Total

157

157

204

213

231

179

 

Custody 2

1

-

2

-

1

2

 

Community payback order

5

7

6

10

12

12

 

DTTO

-

1

-

-

-

-

 

Fine

135

133

156

185

181

126

 

Other 3

16

16

40

18

37

39

Other

Total

1,072

965

891

931

844

634

 

Custody 2

79

58

49

46

51

34

 

Community payback order

67

102

96

107

91

83

 

DTTO

17

17

10

7

7

6

 

Fine

622

533

502

515

448

318

 

Other 3

287

255

234

256

247

193

1. Where main charge.

2. Includes prison, YOI, supervised release order, extended sentence, order for
‎ life-long restriction.

3. Includes restriction of liberty order, community service order, probation and other community sentences, supervised attendance order, admonition, court cautions, dog dipsosals, absolute discharge, no order made, remit to children's hearing, insanity, hospital, guardianship order.

The criminal proceedings database does not include information on whether community payback orders include a drug treatment requirement. However, a data linkage exercise with criminal justice social work statistics indicated that, between 2013-14 and 2016-17, around 3% of community payback orders for those convicted of possession of drugs included such a requirement. In addition, local authorities have reported that issues such as addiction are often treated under the supervision requirement of a CPO.