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Police Complaints

Volume 15: debated on Monday 14 December 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will provide the latest available figures for Scotland regarding complaints about the police on a comparable basis to the information provided to the hon. Member for Oldham, West (Mr. Meacher) on 6 March 1980.—[Vol. 980, c. 310–12.]

[pursuant to his reply, 23 November 1981; c. 289.]: The table below sets out the latest available figures for Scotland on the basis requested. Seventy-one of the complaints made in 1980 are still under investigation.

1975 (from 16 May)






Admonished—£150 fineAdmonished—£50 fine£20 fine—£50 fine£20 fine—£100 fine£40 fine£25 fine—£150 fine

(e) Range of penalties

(f) Number of police officers subject to each penalty:—

£5 Fine2
£15 Fine1
£20 Fine1111
£25 Fine1
£30 Fine1
£40 Fine21
£50 Fine121
£100 Fine2
£150 Fine11


* This figure exceeds that given in my answer to the hon. Member for Oldham, West (viz. 610) because some forces did not include in their earlier returns complaints which were under police investigation, and had not, at that stage, been reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

†This figure includes 1 case pending trial.

‡This figure includes 4 cases pending trial.

** 3 officers were given an absolute discharge.

††1 officer was given an absolute discharge.