Date lodged: 7 March 2019
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-21538 by Humza Yousaf on 1 March 2019, in which specific circumstances datasets are not in an analysable format, in light of the answer to question S5W-21539 on the same date.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 21 March 2019
At present, questions that require historical data dating from 2014 onwards are only answerable at disproportionate cost. Answers to parliamentary questions S5W-20884 on 31 January 2019 and S5W-21538 on 1 March 2019 explain why this is the case. Questions that do not rely on historical data from 2014 onwards may be answered using routine, internal Scottish Prison Service reports or snapshot extracts from the live operational database.
The answer to question S5W-21539, breaking down the prison population by ethnicity, was based on a snapshot extracted from the live database on 18 February 2019.
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 .