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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-18104: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 9 August 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of it no longer publishing the report, Racist Incidents Recorded by the Police in Scotland, whether (a) it will begin publishing the report again and (b) any new publications will provide details of racist incidents recorded by the police, including (i) location and time, (ii) crimes and offences recorded, (iii) characteristics of victims and complainers, (iv) characteristics of perpetrators and (v) supporting contextual information.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 31 August 2018

When the Scottish Government last published statistics on Racist Incidents Recorded by the Police in Scotland, we outlined for users our plan to scope out the replacement of this information with a new and broader product on police recorded incidents with a hate element.

Since that point, Scottish Government independent statisticians have been working with Police Scotland to assess whether their data systems adequately capture hate-related incidents reported to the police. We have now completed this work and are in a position to publish a new report later in 2018. This report will include information on incidents with a race element, as well as information on incidents related to religion, sexual orientation, disability and transgender identity.

Whilst statisticians are continuing to work on the final content of the report, in collaboration with Police Scotland, it will include statistics and further contextual information on the characteristics of hate-related incidents, the associated crimes, victims and perpetrators.