Date lodged: 27 June 2018
To ask the Scottish Government, regarding the proposed merger of British Transport Police in Scotland with Police Scotland, what its position is on whether any proposed benefits of integration will outweigh the anticipated costs and risks, and how it will ensure that any analysis of these will be independent, transparent and evidence-based.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 25 July 2018
The benefits of the merger of the British Transport Police in Scotland into Police Scotland are set out in the Policy Memorandum which supported the Railway Policing (Scotland) Bill, passed by the Scottish Parliament in 2017. As the re-planning of the Programme, and the integration Programme itself, progress, costs and risks will be kept under regular review by the Joint Programme Board overseeing the integration. The Programme will be subject to an independent deliverability assessment in September.