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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-16904: Bill Bowman (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 29 May 2018

To ask the Scottish Government on how many times has British Transport Police prevented a suicide in Scotland in each of the last five years.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 12 June 2018

Further to the answer to S5W-16903 on 12 June 2018. Railway Safety Policy has not been devolved to Scottish Ministers and remains a matter that has been reserved to the UK Government. The same high standards of safety performance, including suicide prevention, is measured and reported at a GB level by the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) in their Annual Safety Performance Report. The number of suicides on the GB rail network have fallen during 2015-16 and 2016-17, however it is too early to determine whether this decrease is statistically significant or whether it will be sustained.

During 2016-17, BTP recorded a total of 1,593 interventions in suicide attempts on the GB mainline rail network. This compares to 1,137 made in 2015-16, a 40% increase; which is due in part to the diligence and efforts of rail industry staff who have been trained on how to intervene to prevent suicide attempts.

All answers to written Parliamentary Questions are available on the Parliament's website, the search facility for which can be found at http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/28877.aspx .